Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is being sued for Copyright infringement by artist James Soares. Soares, who designs and sells his work on a variety of products such as t-shirts and iPhone cases through e-commerce site Society 6, accused Urban Outfitters, along with third party-company Bambam, of knocking of off his work on a miniskirt.
Urban Outfitters responded to this suit by stating ,We take matters such as this very seriously and removed the product as soon as this was brought to our attention. Urban Outfitters has worked with Society6 since 2010 to help bring awareness and sales to their creative network of artists. As long-time supporters of Society6 and independent creatives, we would never intentionally appropriate their work. The origin of the design is still being investigated with the designers at BAMBAM Cloth. We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this issue.
Urban Outfitters have since removed the skirt from their site, claiming the item is “sold out” with the words “legal issue” running alongside of where the photo once was The question is .. Did Urban Outfitters copy and sell James Soares artwork without permission ?