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Beyoncé and Jay Z take a popular fashion brand to court
Source: De Standaard, 7/10/2015
Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna are instituting legal action against the French ‘Eleven Paris’ fashion brand. These celebrities are not pleased with a collection of T-shirts, caps and smartphone covers on which they are portrayed, for which, according to their lawyers, no authorisation was given.
The artists had repeatedly requested the brand owners to remove the garments and accessories from their shelves, but to no avail. It was therefore inevitable that charges would be filed with the New York courts.
According to the artists, the brand owners are ‘consciously violating intellectual property rights on a regular basis and appropriating trademarks, copyrights and other rights belonging to A-list celebrities’.
Eleven Paris does not only sell clothing depicting images of these celebrities, but it also uses words as ‘Kanye is my Homie’ and ‘Pharrell is my Brotha’ and Beyoncé and Rihanna lyrics in its designs. Until now, no reaction was given to the complaint.