Kendall and Kylie Jenner sued by Michael Miller over Tupac T-Shirts

Kendall and Kylie Jenner sued by Michael Miller over Tupac T-Shirts

It's another blow to the sisters over the now defunct tee line.

It's another blow to the sisters over the now defunct tee line.

Text: Megan Kasselberg

The Kendall and Kylie Jenner t-shirt saga continues. Photographer, Michael Miller, is suing the sisters for using his images of Tupac Shakur without permission, asking for any profits that was made from the sales of the tees after they "misappropriated and wrongfully exploited" his artwork. The tops feature a yellow Instagram screenshot of Kylie Jenner coming out of a swimming pool, superimposed over Miller's photo of Shakur, and the initials "kk" appear on the back, covering much of the late rapper's face.

A representative for the Kendall + Kylie brand has publicly responded to Miller's claims, saying that "the allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless. Canada Inc., the licensee manufacturer of the K + K brand, purchased a very small quantity of vintage t-shirts with performer images already on them. Only two Tupac t-shirts were sold before being pulled from distribution. Canada Inc. did not copy anyone’s image, remove any copyright notice from any image, or attempt to exploit Mr. Miller’s claimed right of publicity. There has been no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights."

The two tees in question sold for $125 each, before the shirts were taken offline. Miller's photos are registered with the U.S. Office of Copyright, and his lawyer Scott Alan Burroughs has said his client could obtain statutory damages of $150,000 per image, adding "his photography and particularly these photos are extremely personal and extremely important to him."

Miller's lawsuit is the first fully-fledged action we've seen taken against the stars in relation to their t-shirt line. While other artists and their estates have criticized the Jenners, including: Sharon Osbourne releasing biting comments, the Notorious B.I.G. estate threatening a lawsuit and the Doors issuing a cease-and-desist letter. Perhaps Miller's copyright infringement suit will set a precedent for how estates will continue to resolve issues they have with the shirts' production.

See some of the reactions to the controversy below, including Kendall Jenner's original apology to the artists involved.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF @KENDALLJENNER

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