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Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

July 21, 2018 3:30 pm

Tesla boss Elon Musk has reached an agreement with a Colorado potter who accused the billionaire of using his farting unicorn without permission.

Tom Edwards did not specify what exactly had been agreed – saying only that the issue had been resolved “in a way that everyone feels good about”.

Mr Musk tweeted Mr Edwards’ original whimsical image on a mug last year.

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Similar images of farting unicorns were later used in Tesla in-car interfaces and promotional material.

Mr Edwards said this was done without his permission.

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The issue hit the headlines last month, when South African-born Mr Musk got into a Twitter spat with Mr Edwards’ daughter who tweets under the name Lisa Prank. She said he had “ripped off” her father’s artwork, eventually asking if he thought “artists deserve to be paid for their work”.

Mr Musk responded, offering to “change it to something else if your Dad wants”, before branding the argument “kinda lame” and saying Mr Edwards should be happy “this attention increased his mug sales”.

Almost a month later, Mr Musk used the social media platform to inform the world the fight had now been resolved, tweeting out Mr Edwards’ statement.

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