Jeremy Scott, creative director at the Italian design house Moschino, was personally served with process this week in connection with graffiti artist RIME’s copyright infringement lawsuit against him. On Tuesday night, Scott attended the Hollywood premiere of Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer, a documentary that spotlights his rose to on his rise to fashion fame. And after refusing to voluntarily accept service of the complaint (a requirement for a court to have jurisdiction to hear any given case) for over a month, Scott was served with the lawsuit during the premier courtesy of a process server inside the movie theatre pretending to be an autograph seeker.
According to Rime’s counsel, Jeff Gluck: "Jeremy Scott was given the past month to agree to voluntarily accept service, which did not happen. We were left with no other choice but to hire a process server to locate him and serve him with the lawsuit." Scott’s camp claims otherwise, saying: "Jeremy Scott was not served on the red carpet. Just as many of the allegations in this lawsuit are false, this claim is also false. He looks forward to mounting a vigorous defense against these baseless allegations in court, where lawsuits are tried on their actual merits.”
The lawsuit at issue comes on the heels of Scott settling a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by famed graphic designer, Jimbo Phillips. This time, Scott and Italian design house Moschino are on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by Joseph Tierney, the street artist referred to as “Rime,” in connection with more alleged copying by Scott, who serves as creative director for Moschino and his own eponymous label. According to Rime’s complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, “Defendants Moschino and Jeremy Scott – two household names in high-fashion – inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent.”
In his complaint, Rime alleges that Scott copied his well-known street art (namely, the mural, “Vandal Eyes” - pictured above - which Rime was invited to create on a building in Detroit in 2012) for his Fall/Winter 2015 Moschino collection. In particular, Rime notes a Moschino dress, the gown that model Gigi Hadid wore to close the show and that singer Katy Perry subsequently wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala this year, and a jacket from the same collection, which Scott wore to the annual industry gala. The complaint goes on to state: “In case consumers entertained any doubt that the artwork in question was Rime’s, Defendants also added Rime’s name and fake signature on the clothing, in advertisements, and in media photographs.” And it does not stop there … “If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the artist—superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work.”
Rime is seeking an injunction (which would require that Moschino immediately and permanently cease all sales and marketing of the infringing items) and an array of damages. Scott was relatively quick to settle his last copyright infringement lawsuit and chances are, that is what will happen here, but stay tuned …