The oft-cited but 100% incorrect “rule of thumb” that many in the artistic community espouse on a daily basis – if you change a design 30%, it’s yours to use as you wish – appears to have struck again. Hot Topic is selling shirts that appear to bear artwork that is a slavish but superficially modified version of an original design by Southern California’s Love Made brand. It is important to note that the modifications do nothing to add any artistic or aesthetic value; instead, they appear to be the result of inartful copying. This case is currently pending in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
- AttorneyScott / scott@copyrightLA.com
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