Remember last February we reported that Jeremy Scott had knocked off Jimbo Phillips, the artist that designed some of the most iconic and well-known Santa Cruz skateboard graphics during the eighties? Well Phillips didn’t let Scott away with it!
The legendary graphic designer and skateboard company, NHS, who own some of the designs, sent a cease and desist letter to Scott earlier this year relating to the copyright infringement. Scott now has been forced to apologise and will not be producing the infringing clothes and handbags. He will also pay Phillips an undisclosed sum.
In a statement, Scott said;
“I regret that certain pieces of my February 2013 Fall Winter fashion line incorporated imagery that was similar to images owned by NHS and Messrs. Phillips. I now recognize my mistake and out of respect to their work and their rights, the clothing and handbags at issue will not be produced or distributed.”
But was the publicity generated by the copyright scandal good for NHS Inc’s business? Scott is, after all, a pretty big designer showing at New York fashion week. Not according to CEO Bob Denike. He issued the following statement;
“I do not believe in the idea that any publicity is good publicity. There was a lot of interest in this issue, but we do not need this type of PR to help grow our brands. It was actually quite damaging to us. We don’t want to be associated with Scott.”
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