HBO Removes Autistic Girl’s Art From Web Claiming ‘Winter Is Coming’ Belongs Exclusively To ‘Game Of Thrones’
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HBO Removes Autistic Girl’s Art From Web Claiming ‘Winter Is Coming’ Belongs Exclusively To ‘Game Of Thrones’

In a surprise move that has angered many, HBO has taken down an autistic girl’s artwork from the internet, claiming that because she used the phrase ‘Winter is coming’ on her painting that it was tantamount to copyright infringement as they claim the saying is a trademark of Game of Thrones . The Register reports that a 13 year old autistic girl from Edwinstowe in the UK posted a digital painting onto the arts and crafts website Redbubble. The budding young artist had been sharing her art by showcasing it across different social media platforms, including Facebook, and decided to join an art challenge known as Huevember. The goal of this project was to create a piece of art using a different color as you moved your way through the color wheel. The girl’s father, Jonathan Wilcox, reports that his daughter had no idea that the term ‘Winter is coming’ was thought to be trademarked by HBO after it became a catchphrase through much use on Game of Thrones. “For this particular piece, she decided to title it ‘Winter is coming.’ I do not believe she uploaded the picture to Redbubble to make any particular financial gain, she just […]

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