U.S. News | Haleigh Nickerson Sues Diesel for Copyright Infringement

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A Los Angeles-based artist, Haleigh Nickerson has filed a lawsuit in California Northern District Court against Italian streetwear giant, Diesel for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant used one of her works, a campaign it released with photographer Terry Richardson for an advertisement without permission or authorization.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant allegedly used and reproduced the plaintiffs Sista Soulja photograph as an advertisement for Diesel on at least one billboard in Milan, London and Tokyo.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the photograph appeared in dozens of e-publications and multiple videos that continue to be published on the internet to this day, including on Diesel’s own website and on Diesel’s YouTube channel without permission.

The attorney for Nickerson, Deepak Gupta of Farella Braun & Martel LLP reportedly said that “copying works from Black artists without authorization in lieu of paying for a license and meanwhile promoting a progressive corporate facade for PR purposes must stop”.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion and false designation of origin.

The plaintiff seeks a jury, permanent injunction and payment for damages and others as the court deems fit.

The case is ongoing.

Nickerson v. Diesel USA, Inc.

Judge: Nathanael M Cousins
Court: California Northern District Court
Case #: 5:20-cv-07775
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Nov 03, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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