Sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been sued by a lauded photographer for using his pictures of Tupac Shakur in their T-shirt designs. Michael Miller, the photographer has alleged that he never gave permission to the sisters to use his pictures for their personal use. He has also filed a lawsuit for trying to profit off his work without his permission.
Hip hop mogul Notorious B.I.G’s mum even called the sisters out for their disrespect after their brand used pictures of rap and rock icons, including Jim Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Tupac, and Biggie, on T-shirts, which are being sold for over £100. Moreover, that left them angry as they had images of the girls superimposed over the top.
Biggie’s mum Voletta Wallace took to twitter and wrote, “I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this.”
— TattleTailzz (@TattleTailzz) June 29, 2017
Red-faced Kylie Jenner took to Twitter to acknowledge that the designs were uncalled for. The statement read, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologise to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists.”
“We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) June 29, 2017
A brand representative talking to metro.co.uk said that these allegations and lawsuit is baseless. The quote reads, “The allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless. Canada Inc., the licensee manufacturer of the K + K brand, purchased a very small quantity of vintage t-shirts with performer images already on them. Only two Tupac t shirts were sold before being pulled from distribution. Canada Inc. did not copy anyone’s image, remove any copyright notice from any image, or attempt to exploit Mr. Miller’s claimed right of publicity. There has been no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights.”