Pamela Love vs. Urban Outfitters: Copyright Infringement by Free People
Famous jewelry designer, Pamela Love has had her pieces featured in Vogue and Elle magazine. But to her surprise Urban Outfitters has also been featuring her jewelry! Yep good ‘ol Urban Outfitters has been “inspired” by what we fashion lawyers like to call the “L’infringement.” Good thing for Pamela Love, she registered the two pieces at dispute ( a Small Bear Ring and a Ridged Cuff Bracelet) with the Federal government. ( contact me if you have questions)
Urban Outfitters and its subsidiary Free People were infatuated with Pamela Love’s jewelry and on numerous occasions requested to partner up. Upset that Pamela Love was far from jumping in bed with them, Urban Outfitters began selling low quality look alikes in Free People store store (look at exhibit “G” in the complaint below). Filed in the Southern District of NY, Pamela Love sues for copyright right infringement on both jewelry articles.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please refer to the Pamela Love website and shop around for some accessories. A quick thing to remember about this dispute is that it if you feel that there are bossy designers/stores bugging you to partner up in designing something, at a time when your products are selling really well on their own, do not submit to the pressure. It may be a helpful indicator to register your designs ASAP. Here, Pamela did not want to partner up with Urban Outfitters and the designer now has the protection of federal copyright to strengthen her claim against Urban Outfitters. ( read the complaint at below)