April 24, 2015

Yoko Ono and Brooklyn-Based Designer Settle Copycat Lawsuit

yoko-ono-interview-6Yoko Ono and Brooklyn-based designer Haleh Nematzadeh have settled. Nematzadeh slapped Ono and NYC-based retailer Opening Ceremony with a $10 million copyright infringement suit last March, claiming that she showed images of her collection (see it here) to OC’s photographers only to have Ono and OC “willfully and intentionally copy all of [her] designs and present them as their own.” Ono’s legal team initially fought Nematzadeh’s claims, telling the court: “Plaintiffs do not own the exclusive rights to a handprint on the crotch. Handprint patterns can be traced back to cave paintings.” And it seems like a valid argument to us, especially given the fact that Nematzadeh is not the first designer to use handprints; Moschino used them in the 1990′s. Laura Mackness used them in 2009, and Rodarte and DVF both used them for Fall 2013. Regardless, Ono has now agreed to pay Nematzadeh an undisclosed sum of money to settle the case. According to the NY Post, both sides signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibits them or their lawyers from disclosing the payoff amount or discussing the settlement. No word on Opening Ceremony …

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