Marc Jacobs Requests Dismissal of Nirvana Smiley Logo Lawsuit
The band sued over the image's use in a "Bootleg Grunge" clothing line
Published Mar 11, 2019In December of last year, Nirvana filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against fashion brand Marc Jacobs, alleging that the company used the band's iconic smiley face logo without authorization for its "Redux Grunge Collection" clothing line. Now, lawyers for the company have filed a motion for dismissal.
Both The Blast and Pitchfork report that lawyers filed the motion in California Federal Court last Friday (March 8). The motion argues that Nirvana, L.L.C. is not the legitimate owner of the logo copyright legislation, claiming that Kurt Cobain was the creator and that it remains unclear how he transferred ownership to the band.
The motion for dismissal also finds the lawyers arguing that Marc Jacobs did not copy any copyrightable aspects of the original logo for its clothing line.
As previously reported, the brand's design tweaks included the letters "M" and "J" in place of the eyes, while the word "HEAVEN" replaced the band's name using a similar font.
You can find the complete motion for dismissal below.
Nirvana are set to bring their Live at the Paramount to vinyl for the first time next month as a 2-LP set through Geffen/UMe on April 12,
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