When fashion moves as fast as it does, it seems a few things fall by the wayside – in the case of major fashion retailers Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, it’s legalities that seem to have been overlooked.
The two retailers are currently being sued by photographer Danny Clinch, who filed the copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court last week in New York, over photos of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. The photos in questions were the covers of Rolling Stone in 1993 and 1996.
Danny is seeking $600,000 in damages, the destruction of any remaining shirts featuring the snaps, and an order prohibiting the companies from using the images in future, claiming he never authorised their use to Amaru/AWA Merchanising Inc. (which is in charge of licensing Tupac merchandise).
This isn’t the first time Forever 21 has found itself in hot water over copyright infringements – in 2015, fellow chain store H&M accused the competitor of steering a little too close for comfort when it came to the reproduction of beach totes printed with the phrase, “beach please”. Urban Outfitters similarly came under fire when they were accused of being a little too heavily inspired by artist James Soares when they produced this Bambam Geo Bodycon Skirt.