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Elon Musk settles his dispute over that farting unicorn mug

The year-long battle over copyright ended with an emoji of a unicorn farting and a peace sign

The world can breathe a sigh of relief now that Colorado-based ceramic artist Tom Edwards has announced an agreement has been made between him and Tesla’s Elon Musk over the farting unicorn mug. “I am happy to report that we have reached an agreement with Tesla that resolves our issues in a way that everyone feels good about!” Edwards posted on his website about the copyright dispute.

After a year of Twitter fights (involving Edwards’ daughter musician Lisa Prank), lawyers getting involved, and even J.K Rowling getting into it, Edwards and Musk have settled. Although details have not been disclosed, both parties seem to be happy as seen on Edwards’ post at the weekend and Musk’s tweet depicting an emoji of a unicorn farting and a peace sign.

Edwards created the cheeky mug in 2010, which Musk described in 2017 as “maybe my favourite mug ever”. Shortly after, the unicorn started popping up as a small icon in Tesla’s operating system – even in its Christmas card.

While Edwards was stoked about the tweet at first – resulting in a sharp increase in mug sales – after hearing that his flatulent unicorn was being used in Tesla’s operating system and marketing, it became more of an issue. “I love the fact that it’s in the cars, but I just want (Tesla) to do the right thing and pay me adequately for it. Elon Musk can be a hero for standing up for artists’ rights.”

The ceramic artist employed lawyers to get his credit where it was due, sending Tesla a friendly letter with the subject line: ‘Power of Magic, inviting to discuss how both parties can benefit from this gassy unicorn’. According to the Guardian, Musk retorted “He can sue for money if he wants, but that’s kinda lame. If anything, this attention increased his mug sales”. 

“It’s clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I’m just glad that everything has been cleared up,” Edwards said. “I’ve always been a Tesla fan, and I’m looking forward to getting back to making pots and selling them in my online store.