Fashion Illustrator copyright dispute
Richard Ackourey owns Graphic Styles International, a Pennsylvania based apparel design company. Not only does he design the garments, he is also a fashion illustrator and sketches his designs in style books. The style book at issue is called “Graphic Fashions” and is used across the industry for designers to base their garments off of. So it is safe to say that Ackourey was comfortable when fashion designers used his sketches to make clothing.
But Ackourey was not happy when the apparel store Mevana allegedly reproduced images from the “Graphic Fashions” sketch book and posted it on their website. Ackourey states in his complaint that on the footer of every page of the sketch book he included “ © Copyright, Graphic Fashion Inc. Phila., PA” to make sure that people knew that his book was copyrighted protected. Mevana, owned by Ken Lakhaini allegedly enticed buyers by posting the exact same images onto his website.
I found this issue interesting because, usually I see fashion designer sue on the basis that their garments had been infringed upon. Here, the fashion designer is suing because the images from his sketchbook had been copied.