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Recently, clothing retailer Zara has come under fire for using stolen artwork for their designs.
Illustrator Tuesday Bassen has accused Zara for stealing various designs of hers from her personal store, ShopTuesday. Check out her Instagram post:
I've been pretty quiet about this, until now. Over the past year, @zara has been copying my artwork (thanks to all that have tipped me off–it's been a lot of you). I had my lawyer contact Zara and they literally said I have no base because I'm an indie artist and they're a major corporation and that not enough people even know about me for it to matter. I plan to further press charges, but even to have a lawyer get this LETTER has cost me $2k so far. 〰 It sucks and it's super disheartening to have to spend basically all of my money, just to defend what is legally mine. ⚡️ EDIT: Some of you are asking how you can help. Repost and tag them, on Twitter, on Insta, on Facebook. I don't want to have to burden any of you with the financial strain that comes with lawsuits.
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams posted a statement on Twitter warning her fans against shopping at Zara and other fraudulent retailers, and urging them to support independent artists. Check out her message below:
Paramore are currently in the studio recording their fifth studio album.