Billie Eilish’s Merchandise Gets Withdrawn From Store For Featuring Stolen Art
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Aug 2019
Image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
At just 17 years old, singer Billie Eilish has received more accomplishments than most adults have. Unfortunately, her latest fashion collaboration has had fans calling her a Bad Guy.
The young songstress teamed up with European streetwear label Siberia Hills to launch a merchandise collection called ‘Love Live!’. Eilish also tweeted a link to let followers know where they could purchase it from.
However, internet users learned that the artwork featured on the capsule’s hoodie, worn by Eilish in the picture below, was of an anime character named ‘Nozomi Tojo’ and appeared to be an illustration by renowned artist Makoto Kurokawa.
The design was also displayed on two t-shirts, with the name “Billie” written in katagana.
“Billie Eilish is selling stolen ‘Nozomi’ art… This is peak 2019, in a bad way,” described Twitter user @nestuur, who first spotted the borrowed artwork.
Since then, Siberia Hills has taken down the garment and issued an apology on its Instagram.
“To the talented Mr M_Qurokawa, we apologize for taking from your artwork for our merchandise collaboration with Billie Eilish,” reads its statement.
The brand emphasized that Eilish and her team were not aware of the theft, “they just believed in the product,” and that the streetwear label was “the creative force behind this collaboration.”
It extended its apology to the singer and her fans, adding that customers who already purchased the merchandise will be refunded.
Twitter user @NoiresDusk pointed out that this wasn’t the first time Siberia Hills had plagiarized artists’ work and sold its pieces at marked-up prices, “which is illegal under both US and Japanese copyright laws.”
While Eilish hasn’t responded to the controversy, she has removed her tweet promoting the collection and given a ‘like’ to Siberia Hills’ apology.
Billie Eilish is selling stolen Nozomi art in her merch what the fuck— Nessie (@nestuur) August 8, 2019
This is peak 2019, in a bad way pic.twitter.com/XD1VHa2siO
I sure as fuck hope the original artist is properly compensated for this theft, and it swept under the rug with a “oopsie sorry we removed it from the store uwu” https://t.co/A3riElI3Fs— 🌸tenleid but sfw🌸 (@yyyazy) August 8, 2019
i'm just looking at the billie eilish x siberia hills hoodie with the stolen art of nozomi and wondering what else of theirs is stolen too pic.twitter.com/E2b8ejKf6B— ｒｅｋｋａ 🌻 (@rekka236) August 8, 2019
Also wanted to add that this “brand” Siberia Hills are bootleg merch creators who steal copywritten materials and sell them at exorbitant prices which is illegal under both US and Japanese copyright laws. Billie please dont support these kinds of practices. pic.twitter.com/HBKcemRS6l— 💜💖Noire💙💜 (@NoiresDusk) August 8, 2019
[via The Daily Dot, images via various sources]
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