Graffiti artist, Joseph Tierney, professionally known as ‘Rime’ filed a complaint for damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement, violation of the right of publicity and unfair competition, in the United States District Court, Central District of California, against Moschino and its creative director Jeremy Scott. According to Tierney, Jeremy Scott has incorporated into the Moschino’s fall 2015 Collection, without his knowledge and consent, his artwork ‘Vandal Eyes” that he painted in 2012 for The Seventh Letter Art Organization in Detroit.

 

Photos: The Vandal Eyes by Rime and the Moschino Dress designed by Jeremy Scott

The plaintiff also accuses the defendants of “superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray paint style as if part of the original work….or giving the impression that the work was created for Moschino and/or Jeremy Scott, also amounting to a false representation that they rather than the plaintiff were the creators.”[i]

Moschino sent this response to The Holywood Reporter: "We were not aware that a lawsuit had been filed until yesterday. Many of the allegations, especially the inflammatory and gratuitous allegations of wrongdoing are false. We intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit. During the pendency of a lawsuit, it is our practice not to comment on the specific facts of an ongoing case."

 

[i] Quotation from this case available at: http://pt.scribd.com/doc/273634823/Tierney