Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna suing ElevenParis over knockoffs
Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have teamed up to sue a clothing retailer which is selling shirts, hats and phone cases featuring their likeness without permission.
The complaint was filed in court in New York after ElevenParis ignored the singers’ warnings to stop the sales, including in a store in Manhattan’s Soho district and online.
The musicians accused ElevenParis and its affiliates of being “habitual, wilful intellectual property infringers that, without authority, usurp the logos, copyrights and other rights of A list celebrities.”
ElevenParis has not commented on the lawsuit.
The challenged products include clothing bearing the singers’ faces, phrases such as “Kanye is my Homie” and “Pharrell is my Brotha,” and Beyonce and Rihanna song lyrics.
All the singers have their very own clothing lines or collaborations with apparel manufacturing companies, the charge said, creating “hundreds of millions of dollars” in sales.