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Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

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Brendan Griffiths
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Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Someone at Gearbox Software might be out of a job by Monday morning. The inside cover for Borderlands 2 features an image ridiculously similar to one created by popular UK artist Olly Moss.

Moss is known for designing movie posters for The Dark Knight and Moon amongst others and Resistance 3 on the PS3. He was also commissioned to create some posters for the Star Wars movies for the Mondo art house and it’s one of these images that’s causing the problem.

Borderlands 2 Image

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Star Wars Image

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Case closed. The artist at Gearbox can’t even claim ‘inspired by,’ this is plagiarism at its most obvious.

Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchford, has been quick to reach out to Olly Moss via twitter and it looks like Moss might do doing some work for Gearbox soon. Or maybe just compensated for the work he’s already done. It’ll be interesting to see if Mondo, the art house that commissioned the original pieces, will be taking action though.

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

Borderlands 2 Box Art Accused Of Ripping Off Brit Artist’s Work, Pitchford Responds Admirably

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Beatchef  Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:29

You know that black and white picture is just comparing them side by side right? They ripped off the zig-zag cloud in the sky, not everything in the entire poster.

Reser  Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:30

Oh right, I see.
Well not a "huge" deal, if they had just drawn a few clouds rather than copied them no one would really care.

Last edited by Reser, Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:43
Late  Sep. 24, 2012 at 10:04

You know that black and white picture is just comparing them side by side right? They ripped off the zig-zag cloud in the sky, not everything in the entire poster...


They ripped off the whole thing. Just because the zig-zag is the only part that's absolutely identical doesn't mean it's the only part copied. The head & shoulders of a character forming the background as airborne craft fly toward you through a fractured sky is copied. They just changed the head to be a Borderlands character instead of a Star Wars one - likewise the vehicles etc.
It's copied. And they've quite rightly put their hands up.

JonLester  Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:05

This was probably intended to be an homage rather than rank plagiarism IMHO. Borderlands 2 is stuffed with classic film references (anyone met Loggins yet?), and this was probably another fun and overt reference for fans to notice and enjoy. That said, Moss should have at least been consulted if not directly commissioned.

In the end, both parties responded with a degree of restraint and class that's sometimes hard to find in this litigious industry - and this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

I love a happy ending.

Last edited by JonLester, Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:10
Reser  Sep. 24, 2012 at 14:25

You know that black and white picture is just comparing them side by side right? They ripped off the zig-zag cloud in the sky, not everything in the entire poster...


They ripped off the whole thing. Just because the zig-zag is the only part that's absolutely identical doesn't mean it's the only part copied. The head & shoulders of a character forming the background as airborne craft fly toward you through a fractured sky is copied. They just changed the head to be a Borderlands character instead of a Star Wars one - likewise the vehicles etc.
It's copied. And they've quite rightly put their hands up.


Sorry what? No, They put their hands up to the blatent copying of the clouds however not the similar style, it is perfectly FINE and legal for them to do a borderlands style artwork in the style of the Star Wars poster, the copying of the clouds is not however. How about you actually read what Randy said.

You're amazing. Inspiration is part of art and you've inspired us. But the bit that was lifted is uncool, so... consequences


He only held his hands up to the "copying" not the style, rightly so.

Late  Sep. 24, 2012 at 14:34

Disagree but cba to argue.

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