Getty, Yankee Candle Hit With Publisher's Infringement Suit

Law360, New York (October 16, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT) -- A boutique art publisher on Tuesday sued Getty Images Inc., Yankee Candle Co. Inc. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. in Arizona federal court, claiming copyright infringement over the trio’s use of an autumn painting by Russian artist Alexei Butirskiy.

Thomas Charles Editions LLC, which represents Butirskiy, contends that sometime prior to July 2010, Getty without permission or authority copied Butirskiy’s work “Autumn Leaves” and sold the image to Yankee Candle, who used it on seven different scented candles sold in its retail stores, as well as in Bed Bath & Beyond locations.

The work was purchased from Getty by Yankee...

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