EVERGREEN, CO (KCNC / CNN) – A Colorado artist known for his unique unicorn design, it sparked the eye of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk.
But what Musk did with this design is not over that of the artist's scent test
The cause of the dispute? A mug with a furious unicorn
"This is a design I have been making since 2010," said artist Tom Edwards.
What began as a playful sack on electric cars – fueled by unicorn farting – has made Edwards an internet sensation.
"Okay, that's a natural body function," Edwards explained about passing gas. "The unicorn fart into this container and then it goes through a string and drives the electric car."
The whimsical creation of musk, the well-known manufacturer of electric cars.
He took Twitter over the Tooter last year
"He said it was probably his favorite mug ever," Edwards said.
Edwards added that the billionaire's tweet gave him a small boost in sales.
"Well, a farting unicorn is sales magic," he said.
But a few months later, Edwards realized that Tesla was using a copy of his invading unicorn to promote the car's new operating system.
"The straw that overflowed the barrel At Christmas, they sent a Christmas greeting and my artwork was on it," he said.
So he got a lawyer who asked Tesla for compensation.
No response from the company, Edwards' daughter, rip it off on Twitter and shoot Musk.
"(She) said hey, how come? You do not compensate my father? "Edwards said:
Before erasing his answer, Musk Edwards called" somehow lame "when he decided to sue for money.
Musk argued that he made the cups popular, but he said he would stop to use the unicorn if Edwards wants that.
"That's not the point. The point is, they've already used it and that's how the copyright works, "Edwards said.
Edwards said he was not. I'm sure how much his lawyer will look for compensation.
The artist said "The only real solution to this problem is that Tesla gives him the compensation for this work of art."
As for value, he said it was hard to pinpoint the value now that Musk has benefited for a year
He said he just wanted to defend his handmade creation.
"Artists really need to protect their work," he said.
So many people now want to hold one of the colorful goblets, the Edwards ordered by mid-July.