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Fans Boycott H&M Over Lawsuit Targeting Grafitti Artists

The lawsuit stems of a legal disagreement over a ad campaign that used unauthorized pieces of REVOK's work. 

H&M is reportedly in hot water again. The company has reportedly filed a lawsuit against graffiti artist REVOK over copyright protection issues. The company is trying to argue that graffiiti does not qualify for protection, High Snobiety reports.

The legal issues reportedly stem from an ad campaign H&M previously shot in Jan. 2017. The campaign reportedly featured REVOK's artwork (as seen above) in the background on a handball court in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

After viewing the campaign, REVOK – whose real name is Jason Williams – sent a cease and desist letter to the company, asking for the campaign to be taken down. He claimed that it "included [his] original artwork in an advertising campaign for H&M products without his permission or knowledge."

Now, H&M is responding to Williams' action with a lawsuit of its own. The lawsuit reportedly argues that graffiti is illegal, which makes it exempt from copyright protection. "Under the circumstances, in which your client’s claimed ‘artwork’ is the product of criminal conduct, Mr. Williams has no copyright rights to assert," the lawsuit reportedly states. "The entitlement to copyright protection is a privilege under federal law that does not extend to illegally created works."

Following news of the lawsuit, Swizz Beatz showed support for REVOK on Instagram. "Since H&M don’t support the creatives we will no longer support them !!! They did not learn from that last monkey move they did!" Other fans are also calling for customers to boycott the company.

This isn't the first time H&M has made headlines. The company is still recovering from the backlash regarding its tone deaf ad, in which it styled a black boy in a hoodie that read: "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle."

According to current laws, an artwork must be in an "intangible medium of expression" to guarantee copyright protection.

 

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Lil Nas X's clever Wrangler name drop on his No. 1 hit "Old Town Road" has resulted in a limited edition capsule collection with the denim retailer.

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Rihanna To Collaborate With LVMH For Fenty Luxury Line

According to reports, Rihanna will be the first woman in history to create an original brand with LVMH, who will be collaborating with the mogul on a new luxury Maison.

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“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader," Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, added. "She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”

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big day for the culture. thank you Mr.Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH . This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God. 🙏🏿

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