Muralist Maya Hayuk Sues Sara Bareilles and Coach for Copyright Infringement
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Pretty much everyone snaps photos of the Bowery graffiti wall. That’s a given. Not just newlyweds or OMG girls, either. Even multi platinum pop stars and fashion brands, who then exploit the imagery for commercial gain and get sued as a result.
Yes, Sara Bareilles (and her label Sony/Epic) and Coach are the offending parties, though for separate uses.
Page Six reported last week that muralist Maya Hayuk, whose “Chem Trails” piece graced the Bowery graffiti wall earlier this year, is suing singer Bareilles and Coach for copyright infringement. The artwork was incorporated into advertisements and promo materials to plug her “Little Black Dress” concert tour and album The Blessed Unrest. None of the imagery was licensed.
Coach similarly used the plaid pattern to help sell expensive clothes and accessories online.
Hayuk filed suit against both parties on August 20, and seeks $150,000 from each.