Old Navy Gets Sued By Illustrator For Allegedly Stealing Several Of Her Artworks
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Lili Chin, an illustrator from Los Angeles, is pressing charges against fast fashion retailer Old Navy for supposedly printing her artworks on apparels without permission.
Spotted by one of Chin’s followers, a certain toddler pyjama set from the label appears to sport several illustrations from her project, ‘Dogs of the World’.
In a blog post, the artist described that she first contacted the company in hopes of settling the issue amicably. Unfortunately, Old Navy, which is owned by Gap Inc., denied infringing on her copyrights.
“They are being totally unapologetic, and have said that it would be a ‘bad business decision’ for me to expect to be reasonably compensated for the use of my art,” she wrote.
On top of that, Chin said Old Navy decided to enlist a well-known law firm to fight her, and has ordered her to compensate its legal fees.
Because of the label’s standing as a household name, she said it spurred her even further as an independent artist to counteract. “My lawyers and I will be fighting this for as long as it takes.”
Instead of compensating me, #oldnavy has chosen to pay a large law firm to fight me, and have even asked the judge to order me to pay THEIR legal fees. https://t.co/VEahkur55k #fightingformyart #copyrightinfringement
— Lili Chin (@lilita_yaya) April 24, 2018
Incredibly bad choice by @OldNavy. Apologise, pay the artist, don’t be dicks, always a better choice. https://t.co/fkJu5xUiRo
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 25, 2018[via Complex, images via various sources]