You probably know artist Adam Ellis from one of two things:
1) He is the guy on the internet being haunted by a ghost child and recounting his spooky experiences through his 'Dear David' tweets.
2) He was a cartoonist for BuzzFeed for about four years, and has a very distinct drawing style.
And that is why there was no mistaking that Coldstone India stole his work for their Instagram.
Ellis soon caught wind, and called the ice cream company out on Twitter.
He provided three examples of works they had plagiarized:
And many were pissed off on Adam's behalf:
But Ellis was not seeking revenge on the brand, so he decided to go for something much sweeter:
Instead of requesting to be paid for his work, Ellis asked Coldstone to donate to Inner-City Arts, a Los Angeles based arts program where students can learn from professionals.
And Coldstone actually made good on the request!
A few days later, Ellis updated his 1.02 million Twitter followers with the news that Coldstone donated $10,000 to Inner-City Arts.
Well, you know the old saying: I scream, you scream, we all scream for artists being fairly compensated for their work!