H&M is diving deep into streetart lawsuit
As many of you have heard I'm sure - Street artist REVOK sent in a cease and desist letter after a wall he painted was used in one of H&M's recent ad campaigns. In response to that H&M filed a lawsuit and stated that the artwork is the product of criminal conduct which doesn't protect it by law. After they were quoted saying,
"It was never our intention to set a precedent concerning public art... As a result, we are withdrawing the complaint filed in court."
It seems that they have not actually retracted their lawsuit and are continuing to fight on. I don't see how a large company like this can even think to use anyone else's artwork without getting consent. You would think they would have a full squad of designers of their own to use in their products.
People have different views on what they see as art or graffiti but in the end they knew that this was a popular artist and chose to milk his work for free. They are basically claiming that all streetart is theirs for the taking & re-selling.
Be ready to see a lot of stolen artwork on graphic tees and a lot of pissed off artists.
photo credit: https://twitter.com/thehatkid/status/974292020398297088
All in all I think it's quite a brutal move. Being an artist myself this grinds my gears.
What do you guys think? Who's taking H&M off their go to shop spot now?
Let me know.
I vote REVOKE.
Taz al Ghul
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