According to legal filings exclusively shared with Digital Music News, Kendall and Kylie Jenner could face millions in damages over their copyright-infringing t-shirts.
The Doors manager threatened to sue. Notorious B.I.G.’s mother threatened to sue. But a famous photographer is the first one drawing legal blood.
According to legal documents just emailed to Digital Music News, photographer Michael Miller is suing the Jenner sisters for potentially millions in damages. The suit, filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Kendall and Kylie Jenner willfully knowingly infringed upon images of Tupac Shakur shot by Miller.
Already, both Kendall and Kylie Jenner have apologized for silkscreening their own images over those of legendary music stars. That includes Tupac Shakur, whose face was covered by a Kylie Jenner’s face in a major copyright-infringing faux-pas.
The Estates of Notorious B.I.G., The Doors, and Tupac Shakur quickly blasted the act of disrespect. Sharon Osbourne also blasted the pair. All of which led to a quick retreat from the Jenners, including publicly-posted apologies.
Those apologies included a complete termination of the t-shirt line, including a pulldown from their Kendall + Kylie e-commerce site. That limits damages, though an apology may also constitute a clear admission of guilt.
Now, here’s where this all gets disastrously expensive.
Miller is seeking $150,000 per individual copyright infringement. That quickly shuttles damages into the millions, depending upon how many shirts were sold. So, $150,000 x # of shirts sold = potentially millions of dollars in damages.
But at this stage, we’re not sure how many shirts were shifted. Earlier, manager the The Doors estate Jeff Jampol demanded detailed sales records of shirts involving images of The Doors and Jim Morrison. But there’s no word on what information came back (if anything).
Either way, Miller’s suit is likely to lead to a pile-on, especially if a judge rules in the photographer’s favor.
There’s no statement yet from the Jenner and/or Kardashian clans. More details as they emerge!