The brand, Vetements, shared a photo on Instagram of a shirt made famous by the Nirvana frontman in a 1992 Rolling Stone photoshoot.
The original shirt read “Corporate magazines still suck,” with Vetements adding “a lot” with nearly identical design and font.
Love was quick to comment on the post, not holding back with her opinion of the homage.
“You guys WHAT the FUCK? I hate being put in this position. You should know better!” the comment reads.
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Many fans echoed the widow’s sentiment with their own comments, questioning whether Cobain would approve of the design’s use or not.
This isn’t the first fashion company that has caused problems with Nirvana. Designer Marc Jacobs was sued by the band last December for using the band’s iconic smiley face design.
Jacobs was sued for copyright infringement, stating that he allegedly used the band’s “Happy Face” logo without permission.
Lawyers for Marc Jacobs eventually responded, arguing that Nirvana, L.L.C. is not the legitimate owner of the “Happy Face” logo copyright registration, and that the registration is invalid.
They’re requesting the entire lawsuit be dismissed because “there is no extrinsic similarity” between Jacobs’ collection and the Nirvana copyrighted art.
The band’s original copyright for the logo is referred to as “the ’166 Registration,” a registration that Jacobs’ attorneys argue is not what they’ve reproduced.
“The ’166 Registration includes the word “Nirvana.” The Accused Products do not. The ’166 Registration includes the Flower Sniffin Writing. The Accused Products do not. The ‘166 Registration includes a smiley face with Xs as eyes. The Accused Products do not; they use a different letter for each eye, the letters M and J, signifying Marc Jacobs.
The only similarity between what is covered by the ’166 Registration and the artwork contained on the Accused Products that can be gleaned from the Complaint is the use of a substantially circular outline for the smiley face and a squiggly line used for a mouth, with a tongue sticking out.”
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