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Art August, 28 2014

MSK Graffiti Artists REVOK, REYES & STEEL Suing Roberto Cavalli for Copyright Infringement

While one MSK artist, RETNA, worked with Louis Vuitton on a set of scarves with his instantly-recognizable letters on them, his fellow crew mates are now headed to court over misappropriations of their work by another luxury brand. According to The Hollywood Reporter, REVOK, REYES and STEEL are claiming “copyright infringement and violations of the Lanham Act” based on the use of imagery for a graffiti-inspired line that they allege was stolen from a mural the trio did in San Francisco located on Mission between Ninth and 10th. Language in the lawsuit filed Monday states, “If this literal misappropriation was not bad enough, Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists — superimposing the Just Cavalli name in spray-paint style as if were part of the original work. Sometimes, Cavalli added what appears to be a signature, creating the false impression that Roberto Cavalli himself was the artist.” For those wanting to read the entire lawsuit, head here.

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