California-based graffiti artist group, Revok, Reyes and Steel, which consists of Jason Williams, Victor Chapa and Jeffrey Rubin, have sued Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. for copyright infringement. The artists claim that the fashion house copied their work and used it on clothing for the Just Cavalli line. The artwork the group believe Cavalli has infringed upon was on display in San Francisco’s Mission district in 2012.
The artists cite the Lanham Act which gives protection over artist work in their lawsuit and claim that by selling a “clothing and accessories collection in which every square inch of every piece (including clothing, bags, backpacks and shoes) was adorned with graffiti art,” Cavalli has violated the Lanham Act and thus has infringed on the artists’ copyright over their work.
The claim filed by the group in the Central District Court of California, says that “[i]f this literal misappropriation is not bad enough, Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists,” by placing the Just Cavalli name over the artwork, attempting to incorporate it into the art.
The group has requested a discontinuation of the collection and are seeking damages as well.