Chi Modu has filed a lawsuit against Urban Outfitter and Macy’s for illegally selling merchandise which feature His Tupac photographs. He regards the image printed on the T-shirts as one of the most recognized pictures of the hip-hop star.
The photographer claims a merchandising firm printed His 2pac images on T-shirts without his consent. Later on, they sold the T-shirts to Urban outfitter and Macys who sold them to the public without the permission of the photographer. Modu asserts that he took the photograph of Tupac wearing a white bandana slightly over two decades ago.
Previous Contract with the Merchandising Company
The law suit has a twist since Modu had an agreement with merchandising company to use the photograph in dispute early last year. He claims the contract between him and the firm permitting them to use the image expired in July 2016. The merchandising company, however, continued to use the images without seeking a renewal of the permit or any form or authorization from Modu. Both of these images have appeared on rolling stone magazine. The photographers argue that the use of their works without their consent is in violation their images copy rights.
This lawsuit surfaces two months after Kendall Janner faced a second law suit by photographer Al Pereira for unauthorized of his 2pac photographs. She first had been sued by yet another photographer, Michael miller, for using his images of 2pac without his permission on her line of vintage t-shirts. This is the second time Urban Outfitters have been charged with such a law suit. The first one was along “21 Forever” for selling T-shirts featuring 2pac photos taken by Danny Clinch. The string of law suits surface after release of the legendary artist’s biopic “All Eyez on ME.”
Modu is now seeking all the profits that were made from the shirts in addition to compensation for damages. He argues that the retailing firms urban outfitters and Macy’s capitalized on the publicity of his images to drive sales of the attires.