Legendary Artists vs. Legendary Designer

November 25, 2014 8:13 PM

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As far back as I can remember, I always admired the graffiti art surrounding California, especially three legendary graffiti artists, Jason Willams known as Revok, Victor Chapa known Reye, and Jeffrey Rubin known Steel, who recently filed a landmark lawsuit in California against embroiled fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. The artists claim that Cavalli copied artwork from the trio's legal and widely celebrated San Francisco Mission District community art mural, and used that artwork to create a "Graffiti Collection" for his Just Cavalli brand. The collection allegedly consists of nearly 50 products, including men's and women's clothing, shoes, accessories and even luggage, apparently covered in their original graffiti artwork. The collection, sold at hundreds of retailers around the world, potentially generated millions of dollars in revenue for Cavalli, allegedly without the artists' permission or even their knowledge.

According to the Complaint filed, the lawsuit alleges, "Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists -- superimposing the Just Cavalli name in spray-paint style as if were part of the original work," and further claims that "sometimes, Cavalli added what appears to be a si...

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