Amazon Can't Erase Cavalli Graffiti Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (February 12, 2015, 7:51 PM EST) -- A California federal judge found Thursday that the signatures of graffiti artists on a San Francisco mural constitute copyright-identifying information and the inclusion of one of those signatures on Cavalli SpA apparel sporting the mural sold at retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Nordstrom Inc. constitute false designation of origin under the Lanham Act.

The mural’s painters, Victor Chapa, Jeffrey Rubin and Jason Williams, sued Cavalli, Amazon.com and other retailers in August over the apparel line, alleging not only copyright infringement, but false designation of origin because of their identifying marks on the high-end fashion line.

U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte...

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