But this is important: the fact that I settled is not an admission of guilt. My lawyers and I firmly believe that the pixel art is “fair use” and Maisel and his counsel firmly disagree. I settled for one reason: this was the least expensive option available.
The story 8-bit pixel art based on the famous cover of Miles Davies’ Kind of Blue. Andy Baio, who commissioned the artwork, got sued by Jay Maisel, the author of original photo used on the cover. While Baio lost in court, the internet mob stood by him and Maisel had to close his Facebook page due to the torrent of angry comments.