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Rime's case against Moschino can move forward

By Sara Ehlers

Jan 17, 2016

Los Angeles – Rime, also known as graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, filed a lawsuit against Jeremy Scott, creative director of fashion house Moschino. After a couple of months, a California judge finally ruled in favor of Rime moving forward with his case.

The lawsuit was first filed in August 2015. Tierney filed a seven-claim lawsuit that accused Scott’s Moschino brand of appropriation of name and likeness and copyright infringement. These allegations included fashion pieces, specifically Katy Perry’s dress for the Met Gala, which reflected Tierney’s art on a mural he did in Detroit. The mural was entitled “Vandal Eyes” and was commissioned by the art organization The Seventh Letter in 2012.

After Tierney filed his lawsuit, Scott filed a declaration in the Central District Court of California stating that a graphic artist at the fashion house had “selected and created” the print that Tierney was suing for, as reported by WWD. The artist who created the print was not named.

Aside from Tierney’s art, his graffiti artist named usage was also questioned. In the recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that Rime can “pursue a negligence claim against the defendants in connection with [misuse of his nickname],” according to The Hollywood Reporter. As reported by WWD, the next court date to settle these allegations is set for May 23, according to Tierney’s attorney, Jeff Gluck.

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