Elon Musk may not be able to credit an artist, but there has never been a question that the scandalous picture of 2er Nir is not his. On the other hand, the Chinese giant Xiaomi for consumer electronics seems to have stolen and combined not one or two and three works of art from the same 3D artist to popularize their devices. In Spain.
What you see at the top of this post is the image of the hero from the Xiaomi Spain website – the first thing you see when you land on the Xiaomi homepage.
Now see this work of art. Do you look familiar?
3D artist Peter Tarka tells The The Verge that he created it in May 2018 as part of his collection of installations, as you can see here in his Behance portfolio. It seems that Xiaomi artists have hardly changed anything – they just swap the ramps and render balls of the company's products.
Oh, it gets better. Do you see this green chair on the left and the hanging lamp on the right? They are from two other Tarka illustrations – which he said were ordered by Korean electron giant LG, one of Xiaomi's competitors. See below:
Here's the video ordered by LG that Tarka's illustrations appeared in:
Here's a GIF from Tark himself to show how all the pieces are assembled. for the licensing or assignment of his art. "I'm 100% sure I used my pieces, because everything matched perfectly, they just changed the saturation and retouched [a] a few elements to make it so obvious," he says.
Xiaomi played pretty fast and hassle-free intellectual property in the past, so it would not be too surprising to hear that the company did it again – actually, we were surprised at least twice in the years when the company takes advantage of the ability to copy. Here's a recent example of Mi 9, which breaks out of Apple's sand dunes from MacOS Mojave.
We contacted Xiaomi for a comment and will let you know what we hear.