Snapchat admits it copied makeup artists for its photo filters

Snapchat admits it copied makeup artists for its photo filters
Popular messaging app Snapchat admitted today that it's employees have taken designs for its photo filters (aka lens) from online makeup artists. These artists show off their designs on other sites like Instagram and YouTube, and are upset about not receiving credit from Snapchat. The filters are used in conjunction with the camera on the app to turn users' faces into a panda bear, or a fluffy dog with a huge tongue. A long press on the screen while it is showing your face (using the Snapchat camera) starts the process.

The filters have become one of the most popular features of the app,  and some designers have been aghast to find their designs being used by Snapchat without even hearing from them. This isn't the first time that Snapchat has been embarrassed like this. Last year, a designer out of Russia said that the app was using his geometric face design for a filter without permission. At the time, Snapchat said "We agree that this lens is similar to other artists’ creations and we have removed it. We are sorry for this embarrassing mistake and we are taking action to make sure it won’t happen again."

Apparently, the action taken by Snapchat was not enough, because here we are again with the same situation; this time the copying covers multiple filters. A statement released today by Snapchat says that it will take "appropriate action internally with those involved," although it isn't known whether the employees responsible will be let go.


You can checkout a couple of designs that were allegedly used by Snapchat without permission, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: TheRinger via SlashGear

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21 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SMH Snapchat.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Y'all think its a good idea to get Snapchat? On android its broken/unoptimized as FUARK!

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I never have had and never will have Snapchat installed on anything that I will ever own. I'm here to read about them stealing from artists and not giving credit when it's due.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have snapchat for the girls bruh.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have a snapchat account,I have the snapchat app but I only have it because girls that ask to use my phone always want it to get on snapchat smh. I Guess You Don't Know But I'm Currently Using An iPhone Zee So To Answer Your Question, Idk If It's A Good Idea To Get It On Android.

2. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

ok snapchat that is a bad move... and talking about filters... just remove the dog filter... I'm tired of seeing girls using it... it became ridiculous already.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, the girls are turning into real bitches with that one smh lol.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Jaden, Arch Fiend, real savage LMAO

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You Know It Zee Lol.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Tbh the first one doesn't belong to that artist since it's the joker.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But it's the artist's interpretation of the Joker as it is unique and distinctive from other depictions... that has to count for something. Yes? No?

11. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

Yes you are right... it is like an artist painting a sunset... it is their interpretation of the sunset... you cannot tell that it is copying... it is their inspiration... but what snapchat is doing it is copying.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's not quite what I'm getting at here. I'm saying that the Artist that Snapchat copied from does in fact own the image because it's his own unique interpretation of the Joker. Maybe it's debatable, but what's not debatable is that Snapchat did steal the likenesses.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Joker copyright is owned by DC. The artist can't own his interpretation of it.

17. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

He could just change the name and call it his creation. I am pretty sure the art itself won't get sued by DC because it looks like joker.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then he's a hypocrite to complain about Snapchat using his interpretation.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't see that much similarity between the examples supplied.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Really? I think it's a blatant ripoff.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Joker one? Not even close. The other is closer, but not enough to call it a ripoff.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I disagree, the line that runs up and down then center of the subject's face that devide the Joker and non-Joker sides is the same in that it curves all in the same places, the lines under the right eye are the same, the same shading under the cheekbones, the same Chelsea smile (yes, that's what it's called), The only difference is that the lines leading from the eyes and the brow are more defined and exaggerated.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The only difference? There are at least a dozen lines radiating in all directions that don't exist at all on the makeup.

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