Graffiti Artists Sue Roberto Cavalli For Copying Mural

By Bill Donahue (August 26, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT) -- A group of California graffiti artists sued fashion designer Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. and various retailers for copyright infringement and Lanham Act violations Monday, saying the company's unauthorized use of their San Francisco mural on apparel threatened to make them look like corporate "sellouts."

Cavalli's recently introduced "Graffiti" collection is splashed with images of street art — all of it copied directly, without permission, from a critically acclaimed mural painted by Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin in San Francisco's Mission district in 2012, according to the lawsuit.

Not only does the use of their art violate their copyright in the...

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