Elon Musk may not be capable of crediting an artist, but there was never any question that infamous picture of Nier: Automata 's 2B was not his. Chinese consumer electronics giant Xiaomi appears on the other hand to have blatantly stolen and combined not one or two but three pieces of art from the same 3D artist to help promote his devices in Spain.
The hero image from Xiaomi Spain's website is the top of this post – the first thing you see when you land on Xiaomi's homepage.
Now, take a look at this piece of art. Look familiar?
3D artist Peter Tarka tells The Verge that he created in May 2018 as part of his Installations collection, as you can see here on his Behance portfolio. It looks like Xiaomi's artists barely changed things – simply swapping out the ramps and balls for the company's products.
Oh, but it gets better. See that green chair on the left, and the hanging lamp on the right? They are from two of Tarka's other illustrations – one of them were commissioned by Korean electronics giant LG, one of Xiaomi's competitors. See below:
Here's the LG-commissioned video that Tarka's illustrations appeared in:
And here's a GIF from Tarka itself to show how all the pieces fit together.
Tarka says that one from Xiaomi ever reached out about licensing or commissioning his art. "I'm 100 percent sure they used my pieces cause everything matches perfectly, they only changed the saturation and retouched [a] few elements to make it so obvious," he tells The Verge .
Xiaomi has played pretty fast and loose with intellectual property in the past, so wouldn't be too much of a surprise to hear the company done it again – in fact, we've been surprised at least twice over the years when the company didn't take an opportunity to copy. Here's a recent example of the company's MIP off Apple's signature sand dunes from macOS Mojave
We've reached out to Xiaomi for comment, and let's know what we hear.