Paris Retailer Sued by Beyoncé and Others For Selling Bootleg Merch


A Parisian clothing brand that allegedly sold merchandise bearing the images and names of Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams is now being sued by the artists. ElevenParis, which launched in 2003, has been accused of selling clothing featuring phrases such as “Kanye is my Homie” and “Pharrell is my Brotha,” as well as hats, backpacks and phone cases featuring the artists’ images and even their nicknames—like Jay Z’s “Hova” alias—without their permission.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a federal court complaint filed against the company on Tuesday stated ElevenParis had ignored previous warnings to stop sales of the items. The lawsuit includes a total of 58 claims boasting violation of publicity rights and trademark infringement. Interestingly enough, it also describes a deal Beyonce had made with ElevenParis back in January, but since the brand ended up selling unlicensed product, the terms and conditions were breached. Bad move, dudes.

In a statement, ElevenParis claimed negotiations with the artists were going on for about a year and were still in process, Reuters reports. “ElevenParis is determined to find a fair and balanced agreement with them and their advisers,” the statement said.

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