Both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters allegedly used images of the late rapper taken by Clinch, which originally appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1993 and 1996. The photographer is seeking $600,000 in damages and is requesting that all merchandise with his photos be destroyed. He is also seeking an order that would prevent both the retailers from using any of his photographs on future merchandise.
The lawsuit also targets the producer of the t-shirts, Bioworld Merchandising, the shirts’ licenser, Planet Productions LLC and Amaru/AWA Merchandising, Inc., which oversees the licensing of Tupac merchandise. Planet Productions allegedly received the rights to use the images from Amaru/AWA, however Clinch, who is the copyright holder, says he never authorized the use of the images.
Forever 21 has faced numerous lawsuits alleging copyright infringement in recent months. The most recent comes from Los-Angeles-based brand Valfré, which claims the company ripped off its popular rainbow iPhone case.
Urban Outfitters was also recently sued by California music festival Coachella for using the festival name on its products without permission. The retailer has also faced controversy and criticism in the past for selling “Navajo” products. It recently settled its lawsuit with the Navajo Nation concerning the products.
Source: Fashion Network
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