The photographer who shot the Tupac Shakur portraits that Kendall and Kylie Jenner employed for their controversial “vintage” T-shirt line has resisted the reality TV stars for copyright violation.
In photographer Michael Miller’s complaint, ” he said the Jenners “misappropriated and wrongfully tapped at least two first photos of late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photos on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text,” reports.
The shirts were briefly available before an onslaught of criticism within the garments — that also jacked trademarked images from Led Zeppelin, the Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, the Doors and much more — were hauled.
Miller’s lawsuit included that the photographer wasn’t notified that the Jenners “supposed to harness his own photographs, let alone obtain his authorization.” The litigation also mentioned that Miller didn’t wish to get associated with Kendall in particular following the model’s minor role in the Fyre Festival disaster in addition to infamous Pepsi advertisement, and also the litigation referred to as “public relations disasters”
“It was very upsetting to Mr. Miller,” the photographer’s lawyer Scott Alan Burroughs . “His photos and particularly these photos are really personal and extremely important to him. To see out them being used by a person who never informed they were going to be used could be upsetting to some artist.”
Burroughs included that Miller enrolled his Tupac images in the U.S. Office of Miller which he could get statutory damages of $150,000 per photo.
In a announcement to TMZ, the Jenners’ representative Todd Wilson reiterated that the sisters had no role in the true creation of their clothes. “It is like having an actor for being in a movie,” Wilson said of Miller’s litigation.
Miller is the latest to threaten legal action within the Jenners’ ill-conceived shirt design: The Notorious B.I.G.’s mother Voletta Wallace and the Doors issued cease-and-desist letters from the shirts, that were “ironic, and at least, and offender, in worst, equally morally, ethically and artistically,” Jeff Jampol, director of the Doors and the Jim Morrison property, informed Rolling Stone.
Observing the uproar, the Jenners apologized in a joint announcement, “These designs weren’t well thought out and we deeply apologize to anybody that has been angry and/or offended, particularly to the families of the artists”
The B.I.G. estate included that if they “valued” the Jenners’ apology, “the thing has yet to be resolved.”
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