This week, fashion retailer H&M filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York, allegedly asking the court to essentially rule that any and all unsanctioned or illegal artwork, such as street art and graffiti, should be devoid of copyright protection and can be used by any brand or corporation, without any payment or even needing the artist’s permission.
This action taken by H&M is a full out assault on artists’ rights. This could render millions of murals and important pieces of artwork worldwide completely unprotected and available for corporate use, without any payment or permission needed whatsoever.
There is still ongoing debate on whether or not unsanctioned street art is protected by U.S. copyright laws. Under existing law, a work immediately receives protection if it is an “original work of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression,” as stated in 17 U.S.C. § 102(a).
Photo of Revoks illegal artwork in Brooklyn
This all began when H&M was caught using Jason “REVOK” Williams artwork in an advertising campaign without his permission. When REVOK asked them to stop, they responded by threatening him with criminal charges and filed this lawsuit declaring that all artists of unsanctioned artwork should be unprotected and have no rights whatsoever.
H&M’s legal move shows that the company plans to use artwork and appropriate urban culture to sell their products, for their own financial gains, while at the same time devaluing and delegitimizing our artwork, our culture, and everything we work for. Many artists may find their careers and livelihoods in jeopardy, and one day could possibly see their artwork plastered all over an advertisement.
Some artists have took matters into their own hands:
The courtpapers of H&M suing Revok for PDF download here
*Update: Apparently H&M issued this statement after considerable backlash.
Kelly Rowland Teams Up With Fabletics
Kelly Rowland is back with a new, limited-edition, fashion-forward capsule. Each outfit is designed to make women look and feel their best.
Following the success of her first Fabletics line in January 2019, actress, singer, and author Kelly Rowland is back with another line of athletic fabrics perfect for women of all sizes.
“With one collection under my belt, I knew exactly how I wanted the pieces to look and how I wanted people to feel while wearing them,” said Rowland. “I worked really closely with the Fabletics design team to bring these ideas to life and infuse bold fashion statements into activewear.”
Co-founded by Kate Hudson, Rowland has teamed up with the affordable athleisure brand to provide women with functional array of performance and lifestyle pieces for Winter 2019.
“With one collection under my belt, I knew exactly how I wanted the pieces to look,”
The collection is now available for purchase at Fabletics 31 stores nationwide as well as on Fabletics.com.
Megan Thee Stallion Signs With Puma
Megan Thee Stallion is Puma’s newest Hot Girl!
About a month ago (August 29th), Megan Thee Stallion was spotted with Jay-Z at Puma’s 5th Avenue store grand opening in New York.
That introduction must have led to some great conversations because Thee Hot Girl now has now been endorsed by Puma!
Megan and JAY-Z together. 😱 pic.twitter.com/g7E5c0sr4F
— Nick (@nicksawaboy) August 30, 2019
— Megan Daily (@HottieSource) October 23, 2019
Although the details are still a little shaky, Meg was seen doing a photo shoot for the brand yesterday on Instagram stories.
Today she announced the news via. Instagram.
We’ll keep you updated!
Miss Paraguay Faints After Winning Miss Grand International
Miss Paraguay couldn’t believe the final results.
Although not as controversial as Steve Harvey’s 2015 Miss Universe mishap (lol), Paraguay’s Clara Sosa fainted on stage right after she was announced as the new Miss Grand International 2018.
Several people rushed on stage to help her before she quickly recovered to receive her crown. Clara won her title at the coronation night in Myanmar on October 25. She succeeds Peru’s Maria Lora Jose.
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