Fashion Designers File Copyright Infringement Suits

Trendy discount retailer Forever 21 is facing a slew of copyright infringement lawsuits, according to Women’s Wear Daily.  Gwen Stefani, Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, Bebe, and Anthropologie, among others, have accused the retailer of selling clothing and accessories that infringe on their copyrights.

“I believe the Forever 21’s business model is to copy the designs of other well-known designers,” said Marya Lenn Yee, a partner at law firm Donovan and Yee.  She’s representing Anna Sui and Toronto-based jewelry designer Foxy Originals, both of whom claim copyright infringement by the retailer.

Many of the designers claim the retailer has infringed by copying fabric prints distinct to their design houses, which can create confusion in the minds of the consumers.  That’s how Von Furstenberg’s claim began last March, when she charged the retailer with copying prints from two of her dress designs.  Later, they discovered several other items that they feel have been copied.  Anna Sui’s lawsuit claims the chain has copied some of her items dating back to 2005.

Forever 21 had no comment on any of the charges or pending litigation.

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