The above is one of the latest t-shirts available from Hot Topic. It features Rainbow Dash’s hair and the catch phrase This shirt just got 20% cooler. I try not to sling my opinion on merchandise, but Celestia save us all from the hipsters at Hot Topic. Click here to see the Hot Topic page.
The above is the original picture used on the t-shirt, and it doesn’t belong to Hasbro or Hot Topic. The above work was done by Megasweet, as found on an EqD article from May, Megasweet Wallpaper Pack
. So we have some fanart thievery going on here.
Megasweet is aware of this, and has e-mailed Hot Topic to get an answer. In the world of copyright law, artistic works are copyrighted under the IP laws and from what I am told by law friends, there is ground to stand on here if MS didn’t give any kind of permission.
So we’ll see what happens, I’d say lets not mob Hot Topic like we did the MLP facebook over some bad trolling on youtubers, but well, its Hot Topic.
(Thanks to Shelltoon for the tip off and links!)