Fashion Law: Artists Reach Deal with Eleven Paris Over Trademark Infringement
Back in October, a handful of artists to include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West and Pharrell, targeted French clothing line Eleven Paris for trademark infringement. The filing cited more than 50 violations including publicity violations, willful trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution, among others.
The filing stemmed from these celebs’ discomfort with having Eleven Paris brand its clothing items and accessories with photos, lyrics and names without their permission. One such item features Beyoncé donning a dark ski mask with the phrase “A Diva Is A Female Version Of A Hustler,” on the back. Other items included phrases such as “Kanye Is My Homie” and “Pharell Is My Brotha.”
The filing stated that these products created customer confusion and illegally and unfairly capitalized on the success of the artists without their permission. The artists notified the brand several times with multiple cease-and-desist letters, however; the brand disregarded all notifications to stop selling and marketing these pieces to its consumers.
In recent news, all hip hop artists cited in the case dismissed their 96-page federal trademark infringement lawsuit after reaching a confidential settlement with Eleven Paris. A lawyer for the brand could not be reached for comment.by