Pop music royalty is taking a French retailer to task for stealing their likenesses, but will it work?
Beyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna and Jay Z are suing ElevenParis, claiming they didn’t gave the label the go-ahead to put their faces, names and messages on apparel, according to People.
The suit, filed in New York federal court, says the brand used their unauthorized likeness and slogans on T-shirts, tanks, backpacks and phone cases (with messages the likes of “Kanye Is My Homie” and “Pharrell Is My Brotha”). The lawsuit also says the company has ignored past cease and desist warnings.
Out of more than 50 complaints total, the most recent one, filed solely by Beyoncé, claims she entered an agreement with company in January, but the brand “breached” its terms and conditions. The singer says she’s “suffering damage” to her reputation and the “goodwill of their respective trademarks” from the retailer.
In a statement, ElevenParis said negotiations had been underway with the famous five for nearly a year and were continuing.
Despite the legal troubles, ElevenParis remains popular among the celebrity set, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Jessica Alba, Kate Moss and even Beyoncé’s sis Solange Knowles, who modeled in a previous campaign for the label.
BELARUSSIAN WRITER WINS NOBEL
Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich, known for chronicling the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
The journalist and prose writer, only the 14th woman to win the prize, says she records conversations with 500 to 700 people for every book she has authored.
On Thursday, her agent released a statement in which Alexievich said, “I’m very happy, and overwhelmed by a storm of complex feelings. Joy, of course. But alarm as well. The great shadows of Ivan Bunin, Boris Pasternak, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have come alive. The greater part of my path has been traveled, but much work remains ahead of me, and many new turns.”
Paul Prudhomme, who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and was among the first U.S. restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday at 75. … John Stamos, who was arrested in June for driving erratically in Beverly Hills, will be charged with driving under the influence of GHB, the so-called date rape drug, according to TMZ.
Singer Scotty McCreery is 22. … Oakland A is Jason Pridie is 32. … Singer Sean Lennon is 40. … Singer P.J. Harvey is 46. … Director Steve McQueen is 46. … Director Pete Docter is 47. … British Prime Minister David Cameron is 49. … Director Guillermo del Toro is 51. … Actor John O’Hurley is 61. … Singer Jackson Browne is 67.
— Wire report
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