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Forever 21 In Trouble Again For Using Copyrighted Picture On Their T-Shirts
By Izza Sofia, 05 Jun 2017
Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters are defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit over photos of Tupac Shakur that appear on their T-shirts.
Photographer Danny Clinch, who took the pictures for Rolling Stone, is claiming that both stores printed them on clothing without his permission.
According to the suit, Amaru/AWA Merchandising—which licenses Tupac merchandise—licensed the photos to T-shirt maker Planet Productions, which distributed the shirts to the two stores.
Their agreement states that Amaru/AWA Merchandising got permission from all copyright holders before licensing its merchandise, but Clinch claims they did not in fact get his.
He is asking for $600,000 in damages, along with removal of the clothes with his photos and a prohibition on their future use.
This is not the first controversy Forever 21 has faced this year. Frank Ocean accused the company of plagiarizing a font from his Blonde cover and indie brand Valfre recently accused Forever 21 of ripping off her designs.
[via Refinery 29, opening image via Shutterstock]
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