Kendall & Kylie Jenner Face Legal Action For Latest Venture
After sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner thought it’d be a good idea to sell t-shirts with their faces over images of music legends Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pink Floyd, the Doors, Kiss and Led Zeppelin, it looks like now they may have to put their money where their mouth is. Los Angeles photographer, Michael Miller, who took these famous photos of Tupac charged the sisters with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
According to court documents, “Miller at no time sought to associate his work with Kendall or Kylie or any of their companies.” Before putting the t-shirts up for sale the two sisters “misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs of the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photographs on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text.”
It seems as if the Jenners never intended on notifying Miller over the use of the photographs as they have not thus far. In light of Kendall’s recent Pepsi fiasco, Miller took further shots at the sister by saying, “an association with Kendall is particularly problematic given that she was complicit in not one, but two of the worst public relations disasters in recent memory.”
However, the sister’s company said that the Shakur photographs had been purchased by them from a company that was authorized to license the images. In response to Miller, Kylie and Kendall’s company fired back saying, "The allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless."
Family members of the icons in these images also went to social media to speak out on the issue. The late Notorious B.I.G.'s mother, Voletta Wallace went to her personal Instagram to express her discontent with the girls’ latest business venture.
Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne's picture was also used as the background display of one of these shirts. Both his wife, Sharon Osbourne and daughter, Kelly Osbourne took to social media to share their feelings.
Reps for Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kiss and Led Zeppelin and Tupac Shakur have not responded to the incident. However, Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson also took to Twitter to add her opinion.
Kendall & Kylie have since then pulled all related products from their site and have issued an identical apology via twitter.
The Jenner sisters have faced possible legal action from artists including The Doors and Biggie Smalls before. This being said their problematic use of marketing is only another addition to the Kardashian/Jenner’s long list of poor business decisions. However, Miller is the first to actually go through with suing the sisters.