You might recall Kendall and Kylie Jenner ‘appropriating’ pictures of Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and a host of other musical artists and even album covers.The sisters took these images and then superimposed their faces or company logo across them making up T’s and sweatshirts they were selling for over a $100.00 bucks a piece. Within a day the ladies were hit with a backlash from Biggie’s mom, the music stars’ estates and the photographers of the original images, saying since Kendall and Kylie did not own these images so they could not use them. Quickly taking the shirts down, stopping the selling of them the ladies issued this apology:
“We did not mean to disrespect these icons and understand that we missed the mark completely. We sincerely apologize to the artists, their families and estates and anyone who may have been offended.” Though whether or not the women understood the legal “no no” they perpetrated, is anybody’s guess.
In fact, Kendall claims only one shirt was sold.
Photographer Al Pereira sued Kendall and Kylie initially for their use of his Tupac and Biggie pictures. He then dropped the lawsuit, now he is back, suing the company who made the shirts. Kendall has filed a lawsuit of her own against the photographer, claiming his “frivolous lawsuit” has now gone on too long and she has spent too much time and money defending herself in court. Kendall is looking for twenty two thousand dollars in damages. Her team claims Pereira has been at this suing business for quite a while, having filed over 450 copyright infringement lawsuits since 2015.
Beyond what Pereira wants-and from whom-and what damages Kendall thinks she is entitled to, there is still the quandary of how easy it is to grab that which is not yours, via digital media and sell it anew. Be it in fashion, music, literature, whatever one makes one doesn’t seem to really own all that much these days.