The case concerns Marc Jacobs’ November 2018 Redux Grunge Collection, which the band claims uses the smiley face logo created by Kurt Cobain in 1991. Additionally, the band states that the fashion brand also used Nirvana references — lyrics and memes — in the the capsule’s campaign.
“Nirvana has used that copyright-protected design and logo continuously since 1992 to identify its music,” reads a statement obtained by Forbes, which goes on to call Jacobs’ behavior “oppressive, fraudulent, and malicious.”
Nirvana is now seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief. More information to follow.
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