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Megadeth Investigating Plagiarism Claims After Christmas Card Contest

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The winner of the Megadeth Christmas card contest may have cheated. The band received a tip from a fan that the winning artwork was stolen, and now Megadeth is investigating the plagiarism claim.

According to MSN, Megadeth asked fans to submit original illustrations for a Megadeth holiday card. The top 10 winners all got a prize and the Grand Prize winner received a call from Dave Mustaine on Christmas Day.

Mustaine already called the winner but Megadeth said that it was still investigating the plagiarism claim.

Megadeth writes on its website:

“This year, our winner Jim Chadoulas allegedly submitted the artwork of another artist. Although we were notified of the possible plagiarism by an anonymous fan in Brazil after the Christmas Day call was already placed, we are investigating this matter further. We stand by the fact that Jim is innocent until proven guilty, and if our winner did indeed use someone else’s artwork, we will be notifying the second place winner to award him the first place prize and he will receive a phone call from Dave Mustaine. We hope to clear this up as quick as possible.”

Here’s a look at Megadeth’s winning Christmas card.

megadeth christmas card

Here’s a look at the artwork that was allegedly plagiarized for the contest.

megadeth plagiarism source

Do you think the Dave Mustaine was duped by a plagiarized card?

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39 Responses to “Megadeth Investigating Plagiarism Claims After Christmas Card Contest”

  1. Brian Saunders

    ol megamouth always crying about something…if its not about metallica its about something absolutely stupid…GO CRY TO YOUR MOMMY DAVE, FOR YOU ARE IRRELAVENT IN METAL NOW ANYWAYS…..WAAA WAAAA WAAAA LIL BABY….

  2. Faughornn Vonn

    How UN-metal is this? Ughh, Megadeth and Metallica have both become Aerosmith.

  3. Rich Morris

    brian suck metallic's sold out dick some more you idiot…he isnt crying over shit you fucktard…it was brought to his attention from another fan…if it's stolen artwork ..its the right thing to disqualify him and give the first place prize to someone that actually used his own art….he is irrelevent?? metallica hasnt made anything worth listening to in 20 years…they sold out and they suck! dave is still producing good music actually. way to use a non-related subject to perpetuate your metallica dick sucking agenda to slam dave when metallica is the one that is irrelevent! st. anger really?? lulu really? brian you are a moron and this is obvious…you dont know shit about metal…so stfu!

  4. Anonymous

    mya tery is correct dave isn't crying. read the article. ill give you some credit though because dave does say alot of stupid things but he still plays great metal riffs.

  5. Chuck Stunich

    Brian Saunders First of all it is spelled Ole, and you always capitalize the start of a sentance. Second, if you could read above a third grade level you would see that Dave Mustaine isn't crying about anything. Go jump back on Lars' dick you inbread piece of shit and listen to more light rock hits from St Anger aka the shittiest piece of shit album ever produced.

  6. Christopher Lewis

    You are in North Carolina, maybe he was trying to spell it the way your sister/wife would. Besides, Mustaine invented modern thrash. He did in fact win a large settlement against Shittalica for ripping him off. Ever wonder why they went to shit after Master of Puppets? They ran out of the man's material. You should know your place.

  7. Jeff Diamond

    Even if it wasn't stolen –which it was, how did THAT boring mspaint slop win?

  8. Troy Fawcett

    Do we need to point out grammar mistakes? How about IRRELAVENT, Brian?

    Anyways, Mys Tery is right. Nowhere does it say anything about them being upset. Granted, Dave is a whiny bitch, but from this article, you can't tell that. Why don't you get back to listening to Metallica's black album.

  9. Shammara Blanchard

    Hate to say it but yeah, it is totally plagiarized. Too many resemblances. I mean, most of the winning card is taken spot for spot from the picture it was plagiarized from.

  10. Tyler Luedke

    Obviously you do, John. You cared enough to read the article and then comment on it. lol

  11. Mandi Uzzel Graham

    Wow Brian …. what a tool you are man ! You obviously know NOTHING of Metal. Dave is one of the very best guitarists that has ever lived. The music Megadeth plays is too complicated for Metallica to even understand.

  12. Todd Campbell

    Brian is quick to point out spelling errors and "can't" even spell correctly himself.

  13. Tee Jack Sass Wongananda

    Megadeth rips stuff off all the time…Mechanix…Although, yes, I realize those were the original lyrics for that song on the Metallica demo No Life Til Leather, and new lyrics came about in the recording of Kill Em All, or something along those lines…lol…

  14. Naja Hannah

    If there is a contractual obligation that the work be original as stipulated in the contest rules, then it is plagiarism. For 1st Amendment parody protection, the source has to be seen as worthy of copying. SNL can parody the President, Twilight and Kim Kardashian all they want because those are well-known precedents. In a very relevant case, a Jeff Koons sculpture – copied from a photographic image on a postcard with slight changes – was denied the parody protection that he claimed because very few people would know the original work and why it was being parodied. In other words, parody has to have a need, and the artistic connection between source and copy has to be acknowledged by both the parody's artist and audience. Otheriwse it is theft.

  15. Brock Powers

    the winning prize was a phone call from Dave Mustaine? I would have p-shopped that one too. what a waste of time. love Mega and DM, but I don't want a call from you, I want to jam in the band for a set. Angry Again? You bet I am.

  16. Brock Powers

    and Metallica sucked off the teat of Mustaine's songs, sound, and rhythms for 3 albums before suddenly changing sound…hmmm.

  17. Carolann Quinn

    The house is the same the moon was enlarged and he trimmed the tree. It was photoshopped!

  18. Carolann Quinn

    The house is the same the moon was enlarged, Santa's head was changed and he trimmed the tree. It was photoshopped so it is a plagiarized work!

  19. Kris Beale

    Dave Buttstain is a DOUCHE! I wish he would have simply lost the use of his hands forever. I saw him play a few years ago with a real band Motorhead. We left about 3 songs into it, I then realized why Metallica kicked him out. He is an idiot , and an annoying one at that.They sold out, so who`s buying.

  20. Kris Beale

    Dave Buttstain is a DOUCHE! I wish he would have simply lost the use of his hands forever. I saw him play a few years ago with a real band Motorhead. We left about 3 songs into it, I then realized why Metallica kicked him out. He is an idiot , and an annoying one at that.They sold out, so who`s buying.

  21. Jeremy Runkle

    The winner got a PHONE CALL, not a tangible prize. The correct title of this article should be "Slow News Day, So Read This".

  22. Jeremy Runkle

    The winner got a PHONE CALL, not a tangible prize. The correct title of this article should be "Slow News Day, So Read This".

  23. Anonymous

    I'm thinking the 2nd place winner better expect a call from Dave because this is definitely a lousy photo shopped rip off.

  24. John Monroney

    its photoshop. its at least 30% different then the original. Its a legal submission. At least in terms of patents and plagarisms. Dave dont give a fuck, trust me.

  25. Anonymous

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