Designer wants compo for ad mask use
The Local · 3 May 2016, 20:19
Published: 03 May 2016 20:19 GMT+02:00
Forty-four-year-old Andreas Eberharter, who works under the name "AND_i", has provided his flamboyant creations for stars like Lady Gaga, Milla Jovovich, Kiera Chaplin, Kesha, Kat Graham and Lindsey Lohan.
His artwork also included a gold facemask produced in his 2012 collection and he was shocked when his agent in Paris told him that Louis Vuitton had used it for their worldwide advertising campaign 'L’invitation au voyage'.
The designer, who lives in the Austrian capital Vienna, said: "I was shocked when I saw that Louis Vuitton had used my artwork without my permission for a worldwide advertising campaign, and that David Bowie was even included in the campaign.
"I am disappointed that so many people have now seen my mask but that they do not associate it with me, but rather with Louis Vuitton. I was not named as the artist and I was never paid any money for the worldwide usage [rights]."
After Louis Vuitton reportedly refused a settlement, Eberharter hired copyright lawyer Philip Jakober and the case is now being heard at a court in Cologne.
Jakober said: "It is really not possible to understand how a company like Louis Vuitton, which relies entirely on design and artistic integrity, did not take into consideration the rights of the intellectual property of another artist. They have not made an acceptable offer of compensation, and as result there is no alternative other than to take them to court."
Story courtesy of Central European News