Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters are defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit over photos of Tupac Shakur that appear on their T-shirts. Photographer Danny Clinch, who took the pictures for Rolling Stone, is claiming that both stores printed them on clothing without his permission, Consumerist reports.
According to the suit, Amaru/AWA Merchandising – which licenses Tupac merchandise – licensed the photos to T-shirt maker Planet Productions, which distributed the shirts to the two stores. Their agreement states that Amaru/AWA Merchandising got permission from all copyright holders before licensing its merchandise, by Clinch claims they did not in fact get his. He’s asking for $600,000 in damages, along with removal of the clothes with his photos and a prohibition on their future use.
The photos that the five companies are using, were shot exclusively for Rolling Stone Magazine in 2002. Clinch alleges that the companies are infringing on his copyrights, by using the photos on T-shirts, jerseys and more.
It’s obvious Clinch is about to get paid.