Do you guys think that it's okay for a big company like Google to ask for free work for exposure? I can understand putting it out there, but soliciting from experienced artist seemed messed up to me.
There's a petition going on already about this: http://workingfail.com/the-problem-i...an-we-thought/
Here's the article. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/bu...o.html?_r=1&em
If you aren't a member here's some info:
When Google representatives recently invited dozens of prominent artists to contribute work to be featured on its new Web browser, the company enthusiastically sold the idea as an opportunity to have artwork shown to millions.
But some, like Gary Taxali, were not impressed. Mr. Taxali, an illustrator based in Toronto whose work has appeared in publications like Time, Newsweek and Fortune, received a call in April from a member of Google’s marketing department. According to Mr. Taxali, the Google representative explained that the project will let users customize Google Chrome pages with artist-designed “skins” in their borders.
“The first question I asked,” Mr. Taxali said in a recent interview, “is ‘What’s the fee?’”
Mr. Taxali said that when he was told Google would pay nothing, he declined.