Jeremy Scott, Moschino Settle Graffiti Copying Lawsuit

Jeremy Scott and Italian design house Moschino have settled the copyright lawsuit that graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, the street artist referred to as “Rime,” filed against them last year. According to Rime’s complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, “Defendants Moschino and [its creative director] Jeremy Scott – two household names in high-fashion – inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent.”

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In his complaint, Rime alleges that Scott copied his well-known street art (namely, the mural, “Vandal Eyes” - pictured above - which Rime was invited to create on a building in Detroit in 2012) for his Fall/Winter 2015 Moschino collection. In particular, Rime notes a Moschino dress, the gown that model Gigi Hadid wore to close the show and that singer Katy Perry subsequently wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala this year, and a jacket from the same collection, which Scott wore to the annual industry gala.

As of last week, the parties officially filed to have the case dismissed after working towards a settlement agreement for the past several months in particular. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but according to a statement from Tierney: “I am glad the case is settled. I am very satisfied with the outcome. Graffiti is a form of art that deserves the same respect and legal protection that other forms of expression are entitled to.”

The lawsuit at hand comes of Scott settling a copyright infringement lawsuit with famed graphic designer, Jimbo Phillips after Scott copied a bunch of Santa Cruz-based graphic artist Phillips' work, putting the images on some garments and calling it his Fall 2013 collection.

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