An Oakland artist smacked down an executive at a San Diego tech company in a "Cease and F**king Desist" letter after the exec used one of the artist's images without providing payment or even asking if it was okay to use in a Craigslist ad.
Paul Koch, CTO of Chatmeter, received major kudos last week for his job ad titled "Searching for 2 F**king Great Developers," which included expletives and a funny picture of a man pushing over his desk. News outlets such as Nextshark and ABC 10 in San Diego published articles on the ad, praising it for its unique take on a job listing.
But Oakland artist Packard Jennings did not find Koch's ad funny at all. The picture Koch used was from Jennings' "Business Reply," a 16-page pamphlet containing a series of images portraying an office during worker upheaval. Koch not only didn't pay Jennings for use of the image, which the artist claims is his most recognizable work; he didn't even ask permission to post it.
As a matter of fact, if Koch knew the purpose of the work beforehand, he might not have used it. Jennings described the pamphlet on his website as being for putting "inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers and mailed back to the company of origin."
Jennings' most notable works are political by nature, including his "Anarchist Action Figure," which he placed inside box stores in 2007 and then filmed customers as they tried to purchase the toy.