The photographer who took the pictures of the Tupac Shakur portraits that Kendall and Kylie Jenner used for their controversial “vintage” T-shirt line has sued the reality TV stars for copyright infringement.
Michael Miller, the photographer in his complaint said: “The Jenners misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs of late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photographs on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text.”
The photographer’s lawyer Scott Alan Burroughs said: “It was very upsetting to Mr. Miller. His photography and particularly these photos are extremely personal and extremely important to him. To see them out there being used by someone who never advised you they were going to be used would be upsetting to any artist.”
Burroughs added that Miller registered his Tupac images at the U.S. Office of Copyright and that he could receive statutory damages of $150,000 per photo.
In a statement, the Jenners’ representative Todd Wilson reiterated that the sisters had no role in the actual creation of the clothes.