Kendall and Kylie Jenner got into hot water when they tried to sell vintage music T-shirts with their faces on top for $125 a pop.
Somehow, someway, the Jenners thought it was a good idea to make a line of t-shirts featuring photos of popular musicians (Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., The Doors, Pink Floyd, and more)—with their own faces laid over them (and it was not.)
Photographer Michael Miller, who took the photographs of the rap legend Tupac that the Jenners then overlaid with their own images on top, said the sisters “misappropriated and wrongfully exploited” his work. Miller’s suit added the Jenners “intended to exploit his photography, let alone obtain his authorization.”
The complaint by Miller is in the U.S. District Court and alleges copyright infringement by the Jenner sisters and their company for using his images without properly licensing them.
The K+K’s Response
However, the sisters’ company argued that “no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights” had occurred regarding the Shakur photographs since they purchased the images from a company that had been authorized to license them.
The Jenners’ Apologize
Kendall and Kylie just waved the white flag saying … “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has take offense, especially to the families of the artists.”
“We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect in any way. The tee shirts from retail and all images have been removed.”
She added that, “We will use this as a learning opportunity, and again we are very sorry.”
Apology not Accepted (Yet?)
And after reading the apology, the estate for Tupac released a statement claiming the issue was ‘yet to be resolved.’
Could there possibly be some legal action in the near future? For the record, it seems like Kendall and Kylie are eager to make things right and we all should appreciate that at least.
Here’s more from the Jenners that we all want to hear. Happy thoughts, right?