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Beyoncé, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Pharrell sue fashion brand for using their names without permission

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Pharrell sue fashion brand for using their names without permission


Five of the biggest names in music 
are taking legal action against a 
clothing retailer over claims that 
the brand did not seek their approval 
before using their names, lyrics, and 
photos on their products.
Beyoncé, her husband Jay Z, Rihanna, 
Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams 
have all filed a lawsuit against the 
French clothing company Eleven Paris, alleging that the trendy retailer 
unlawfully sold merchandise with 
their likeness or intellectual property. 

 The lawsuit, which was filed in New 
York on Tuesday, cites 58 alleged 
violations including a T-shirt that says
 Kanye is My Homie, a backpack that 
says RiRi and includes her birth year, 
and a shirt including Beyoncé's song 
lyrics: 'A diva is a female version of a hustler.'


The suit claims that the plaintiffs 
have even sent the brand written 
warnings, but they were still selling 
'dozens of infringing merchandise' at 
their New York City store as of the 
day of filing.
 
One of the brand's most popular 
designs features pictures of celebrities - including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye, 
and Pharrell - digitally altered to 
include fingers with mustaches drawn 
on them held in front of their faces.
 
 
The stars allege that these products 
do damage to their brands, and 
requests that Eleven Paris stop selling
 the offending products and pay damages.
 
While none of the plaintiffs have 
publicly worn the Eleven Paris' clothing 
in the past, the brand is a favorite 
among some celebrities - including a 
few of the suing stars' relatives.
 

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