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Jeremy Scott is no stranger to charges of plagiarism and thievery. Following his Fall 2013 runway show, Santa Cruz Skateboards claimed that the designer had significantly ripped off the work of Jim Phillips. At the time, Robert A. Denike, CEO and President, NHS, Inc./Santa Cruz Skateboards commented, “We had never heard of Jeremy Scott until it was brought to our attention. This is not a collaboration or under license, nor did we or the Phillips family approve the use of this artwork on his apparel designs in any way.”

In September of that same year, Scott issued a statement saying, “I regret that certain pieces of my February 2013 Fall Winter fashion line incorporated imagery that was similar to images owned by NHS and Messrs. Phillips. I now recognize my mistake and out of respect to their work and their rights, the clothing and handbags at issue will not be produced or distributed.”

Today brings news that another prominent artist, RIME, has filed suit against Jeremy Scott in the Central District of California for “damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement.”

At this year’s Met Ball, Scott and Katy Perry were seen in attire with images RIME claimed were stolen from a painting he completed in Detroit in 2012 – as well as the claims that designer had used of his own tag/moniker on other items as well.

This is also not the first time a large name in fashion has pilfered work from a member of the world renowned graffiti collective, MSK. In August of 2014, fellow MSK members REVOK, REYES and STEEL filed suit against Roberto Cavalli for using a mural they painted together for his Just Cavalli label. A February 2015 ruling favored the artist’s claims that a “mural constitutes copyright-identifying information and the inclusion of one of those signatures on Cavalli apparel constitute false designation of origin under the Lanham Act.”

Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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