Kendall And Kylie Jenner Face Copyright Lawsuit Over Pac And Biggie Tee’s – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire as no surprise, Kendall and Kylie Jenner are being sued over their K+K T-Shirt’s. As previously reported the Jenner girls premiered their new clothing line a few weeks ago, which included vintage-inspired tee’s, with their faces and logos plastered over images of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
XXL reports Pac and Biggie weren’t the only iconic music stars being exploited as part of the Kendall & Kylie luxury line. Turns out, they had roughly 15 different pieces featuring their faces printed on top of other legendary artists like: Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors, Metallica and Pink Floyd. The girls got an immediate reaction when they launched the shirts, but I’m sure it wasn’t the kind they expected. Fans were outraged and pummeled the reality stars on social media, forcing them to take their website down. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, was furious over the disrespect. She laid into the girls for trying exploit her son, and Tupac. Ozzy’s wife Sharon warned they better stick to what they know, while his daughter Kelly sent an even stronger message.
I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this. The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful , disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!
Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss. pic.twitter.com/BhmuUVrDBn
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) June 29, 2017
The good news, Kendall & Kylie heard everyone loud and clear. In response to the uproar they halted sales of the tee’s, and temporarily took their website down. The young reality stars also offered a public apology on Twitter:
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) June 29, 2017
Unfortunately the damage is already done. As no surprise they are currently being sued, but not by Biggie’s estate or the Osbournes. They got served with a copyright infringement lawsuit from the photographer responsible for the images they tried to profit from! Mike Miller is behind countless famous images, including those of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Miller filed suit Friday(July 7, 2017), according to Spin news, charging that the Jenner girls “misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs” he took of Pac. So the award winning photographer is the only entity suing the Jenners. The Doors Management and Biggie’s estate did however, send cease-and-desist letters according to reports.
Meanwhile the Jenner’s released a statement today, and seem to be passing the buck on the licensee manufacturer, Canada Inc. This is the company that handles their K&K brand. They say no infringement took place, because the tee’s were purchased and pre-printed by a company licensed to sell them. They further claim, “Canada Inc purchased a small quantity of vintage T-shirts with performer images already on them.” Though that may be the case, this defense may not be enough to keep them from having to pay up. The issue is that their faces, were put on top of copyrighted images.
Kendall and Kylie claim they only sold two Pac tee’s, before taking the line down. According to HotNewHiphop, that could still prove to have been a costly mistake. Miller’s Tupac photos were registered with the U.S. Office of Copyright. If wins his lawsuit the Jenner’s could have to pay statutory damages as high as, $150,000 per photo.
I’ll keep you posted on any further developments on this story. For now, that’s where everything stands now. Get the scoop everyday with Tha Wire, and only on The People’s Station 107 Jamz.