Converse Suing 31 Companies For Allegedly Selling Knock-Off Chuck Taylor Sneakers

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You’ve seen them on hipsters, your mom, that girl who lived down the hall from you freshman year, maybe you wear them — the point is, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Stars, or Chucks, as they’re known by fans, are worn by a whole lot of different kinds of people. Though once the shoe of choice for mainly greasers, nonconformists and athletes, nowadays the sneaker look is appealing to a wide range of people. It’s that popularity that has other companies churning out knock-offs, claims Nike’s Converse in a new lawsuit against 31 companies for allegedly copying the style. [More]

A shot from OK Go's "The Writing's On The Will" video, left and Apple's "Perspectives" video, right.

OK Go Claims Apple Stole Its Music Video Concept To Kick Off iPhone 6 Event

In the video “Perspective” used by Apple to kick off its event unveiling the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch earlier this week, the company encourages people to “see things differently.” But the band OK Go — known for its colorful, quirky (I can use that word whenever I want, legally) music videos — says Apple saw things pretty much exactly the same way as it did when the group first pitched a video concept to the company last April. [More]

Sold now by Hartz.

Artist Claims Pet Toy Company Made Millions Off Her “Angry Birds” Design Without Paying Her

A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds” back in 2006 is now suing the company that sold them, claiming it cut her out of the process — and millions of dollars — when it licensed the design to the makers of the popular Angry Birds game. [More]

Cops: Teen Caught Wearing Stolen $600 Tuxedo After Store Owner Spots Him At Prom

Cops: Teen Caught Wearing Stolen $600 Tuxedo After Store Owner Spots Him At Prom

Where in the world could a stolen tuxedo possibly show up? One formalwear store owner seems to have had a detective’s instinct, and managed to spot her pilfered merchandise at a local high school’s prom after someone boosted it from a store mannequin. [More]

Such sultriness, Lady Liberty.

Vegas Lady Liberty Sculptor Sues USPS Two Years After It Used The Wrong Image On Stamp

Two years ago the United States Postal Service admitted it made a huge mistake by issuing a “Forever” stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty. Not that Lady Liberty isn’t the perfect subject for a stamp, but because the agency used an image of a replica sculpture from a Las Vegas Casino. Back then it was all “shrug, everyone likes it so we’ll keep it.” Here is where what goes around appears to be coming around. [More]

Funny How The Promo Photo Lil’ Kim Is Using For Her Single Looks A Lot Like Artist’s Zombie Work

Funny How The Promo Photo Lil’ Kim Is Using For Her Single Looks A Lot Like Artist’s Zombie Work

Zombies are all the rage these days, and it can be hard to tell them apart what with all that shambling, shuffling and rotting flesh going on. But one makeup artist’s zombie work is pretty darn distinguishable, from the model’s bright turquoise face with splotches of green to her hot pink eyebrows and carefully painted, leering grin. So how could music artist Lil’ Kim possibly be confused over who owns that image?  [More]

Is Gift Wholesaler Cody Foster & Co. Responsible For Wholesale Ripoffs Of Indie Crafters?

Is Gift Wholesaler Cody Foster & Co. Responsible For Wholesale Ripoffs Of Indie Crafters?

You’ve probably never heard of Cody Foster & Company, even if you own items that came from them. They’re a wholesaler with no public-facing catalog. You have to be a small gift shop or large-ish chain like Anthropologie to even see their site. You can buy directly from the independent crafters and designers who claim that the company took their designs, mass-produced them in China, and sold them to retailers with no compensation to the original artists. [More]

Does This $68 T-Shirt Design Resemble Neo-Nazi Band’s Album Cover?

Should this design get the boot?

What is it about highly controversial designs that summon up dark moments in humanity’s past that are just so darn attractive to designers and retailers? To wit: A $68 Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt currently sold by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and many others bears an image that closely mirrors that used on an album cover by Neo-Nazi skinhead band, Skrewdriver. [More]

Designer Shocked To Find Her Pendant Reborn As Forever 21 Necklace

Haven't I seen you somewhere before?

UPDATE: A day after we posted the below story about Forever 21 selling a necklace very similar to an independent designer (which it had been doing since at least June), it appears the link has been taken down by the retailer. Forever 21 has still not returned our request for comment, but at least the necklace isn’t for sale anymore, or at least it seems that way. We’re still here, Forever 21, just in case you feel like responding publicly….

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Lessons In Quality Control: Anthropologie Says It Didn’t Mean To Swipe Artist’s Design

Copycatting or just bad quality control?

Oh, brother. Today Anthropologie is learning a very important lesson in the art of sourcing the products it sells on its site. Consumerist tipster Mike caught a whiff of what appeared to be a snatch-and-grab case of a big bad retailer swiping an artist’s design, but Anthropologie says it didn’t meant to steal anything, and instead just had an issue with a vendor. [More]