Large corporations have become increasingly bold with the lengths they’ll go to rip off other people’s work without giving credit, and it looks like Target is the next to allegedly make an attempt with their use of Andrew McMahon‘s lyrics.
A photo of a pillow with a phrase used in McMahon’s song “Cecilia And The Satellite” has surfaced online and the singer says he hasn’t been asked for permission.
The pillow in question uses a script font featuring the phrase “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you” which a Twitter user picked up on.
— Kat Knight (@xfairykittyx) December 16, 2019
The pillow was created by Rizzy Home, with products being sold in Target, Home Depot, Wayfair, Overstock.com and more. At $50 per pillow, you would hope they would be providing some sort of compensation towards McMahon but the musician has confirmed they did not ask to use it.
— Andrew McMahon (@andrewmcmahon) December 16, 2019
This incident is far from the first time a company as large as Target has stolen from artists and will likely not be the last.
Earlier in the year, State Champs had their logo blatantly ripped off by clothing manufacturer H&M for a shirt that said “State World Citizen.”
The band called the company out on the shirt but
— State Champs (@State_Champs) July 10, 2019
Even Trophy Eyes hopped in on trashing H&M over the shirt.
— Trophy Eyes (@trophyeyesmusic) July 13, 2019
It would be really difficult for these smaller bands to take on mega-corporations with legal action unfortunately so expect to see similar rip-offs come out in the future.
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