Xiaomi fires employee who used artist’s work without permission

Xiaomi has admitted to using an artist’s work without their permission to promote its products and says it’s fired the employee responsible.

Last night, we reported that Xiaomi’s Spanish website used elements from three creations by 3D artist Peter Tarka. Tarka said he was “100 percent sure” Xiaomi had used his work, and the elements appeared to line up quite clearly. Now the company is pinning the blame on a single employee and saying the incident is due to “lapses in our approval process.”

Xiaomi says it will strengthen its internal processes for approving art “to prevent this from happening again,” and that it’s reached out to Tarka to apologize. Tarka’s work has since been removed from Xiaomi’s website.

Tarka made a GIF showing how…

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