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LOS ANGELES — A commercial photographer has sued Kendall and Kylie Jenner over the use of two of his images of late rapper Tupac Shakur that were used on T-shirts the sisters briefly sold for $125 apiece.
Michael Miller sued the Jenner sisters in a Los Angeles federal court on Friday for copyright infringement over the “vintage” T-shirts that featured their likeness or designs superimposed over photos of famous musicians.
Miller’s suit states the Jenners never sought permission to use his photos.
The sisters’ brand “Kendall + Kylie” stopped selling the shirts last month after Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and the mother of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G criticized them.
The fashion label for Kendall and Kylie Jenner said Sunday it only sold two “vintage” T-shirts with late rapper Tupac Shakur’s image on them before pulling the items from stores.
The label’s statement says the shirts with Shakur’s image were obtained from a company that had a valid license to sell them. The Kylie + Kendall brand superimposed images of the Jenner sisters or other designs over photos of musicians, including Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and Ozzy Osbourne. It called Miller’s lawsuit baseless.
“The allegations made are completely false and the lawsuit is baseless,” the statement said.
“There has been no infringement or violation of anyone’s rights.”
The shirts sold for $125 apiece, but they were pulled from the marketplace after Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, and B.I.G’s mother complained and the label apologized.
Miller is seeking at least $150,000 a piece for the use of his photos.