Five of the biggest names in music are taking legal action against a
clothing retailer over claims that the brand did not seek their approval
before using their names, lyrics, and photos on their products.
have all filed a lawsuit against the French clothing company Eleven
Paris, alleging that the trendy retailer unlawfully sold merchandise
with their likeness or intellectual property.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York on Tuesday, cites 58 alleged
violations including a T-shirt that says Kanye is My Homie, a backpack
that says RiRi and includes her birth year, and a shirt including
Beyoncé’s song lyrics: ‘A diva is a female version of a hustler.’
The suit claims that the plaintiffs have even sent the brand written
warnings, but they were still selling ‘dozens of infringing merchandise’
at their New York City store as of the day of filing.
– including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye, and Pharrell – digitally altered
to include fingers with mustaches drawn on them held in front of their
requests that Eleven Paris stop selling the offending products and pay
clothing in the past, the brand is a favorite among some celebrities –
including a few of the suing stars’ relatives.