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Yesterday, the Columbus, Georgia-based company Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, a manufacturer and marketer of camouflage patterns (that also owns men’s and women’s outdoor outfitter Realtree.com) filed a lawsuit alleging that Yeezy’s “treebranch” camouflage pattern is an unauthorized copy of one of its designs.
Realtree peddles its signature camouflage patterns on everything from drapes, bedding and dog beds to caps, tops and even wedding gowns with coordinating camo-trim bridal veils and boutonnieres. (Yes, really.)
The print in question popped up in West’s Season 5 line, where it was used on T-shirts, jackets, hoodies, track pants and footwear.
Awww, Ye, how does it feel, and so soon after your wife put @saintlaurent on blast for their “inspired” set? We don’t think cloning the logos out of this print changes it enough for fair use… apparently neither does @realtreeoutdoors . Maybe don’t ghost on them next time they tell you collabs cost money? Lol • #yeezy #kanye #kimkardashian #kimkardashianwest #kkw #kuwtk #realtree #realtreecamo #camo #camouflage #hunting #sport #streetwear #lawsuit #copyright #intellectualproperty #iplaw #graphicdesign #photography #outdoorphotography #yeezyseason3 #yeezyseason5 #yeezyseason6 #paparazzi #ootd #wiwt #dietprada
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Unknwn, the Miami-based sneaker and streetwear shop co-owned by NBA player and House Party producer LeBron James that carries Yeezy wares is also named in the lawsuit. And some of the targeted pieces — a $195 Yeezy camo-print T-shirt and $650 Yeezy camo-print canvas military boots, both marked down on sale — are still stocked on the site.
In the lawsuit filing, according to People, Jordan Outdoor Enterprises says that a Yeezy representative contacted the company in March 2016 to inquire about their camouflage patterns and charges Yeezy for “removing its trademarks from the original camo print without authorization or authorization prior to copying.”
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