The feud started in February 2017, when Musk tweeted out, “maybe my favorite mug ever,” with a link to Edward’s mug, on which he’d painted a unicorn farting energy into a car. For Edwards, whose father and step father both worked in the aerospace and defense industries, the Tesla CEO’s admiration felt incredibly special––until he found out the company had used the image on their holiday cards and even inserted it into the Tesla’s operating system without his permission.
While the artist never wanted to sue Musk, he did contact a lawyer, who agreed that the usage overstepped copyright protections. What followed was something of a childish internet storm between Musk and the artist’s daughter. The Twitter battle ended with Musk offering to not use the image, followed with another tweet stating: “He can sue for money if he wants, but that’s kinda lame. If anything, this attention increased his mug sales.”
Despite the CEO’s nippy comment, Edwards did not sue for money; instead the two reached an undisclosed agreement. On Friday, Edward’s posted an entry
to his blog titled, “Copyright Issue: RESOLVED!” The post did not give many details, but it did state: