Hey Forever 21 got sued, again, for copyright infringement – and it’s not over clothing design.
It is alleged in a L.A. Federal Court complaint that F21 made and sold clothing bearing a copyrighted photo of the [to some, legendary] rock band, the MC-5. Said photo, exhibit A to said complaint, was on the F21 garment “H81Rock-N-Roll Studded Top.” That’s rock and roll with a capitol N, and in caps MC-5 (Motor City 5).
Well-known rock icon photographer, Robert Matheu, intends to kick the jams out of that F21, H81 “Studded Top.” His photo, taken in the ‘summer of `69’ was not attached to the PACER copy, but it’s likely this photo on his website, http://www.robertmatheu.com/mc5-photo.htm. Matheu’s suit filing nearly coincides with the passing of another legend of Detroit hard rock, Ron Asheton of the Stooges. The filing is 2:2010cv0214-CAS (C.D. Cal.). Rock on Ron.