Marc Jacobs and Nirvana Estate Are Locked in a Legal Battle

January 31.2019




A simple logo—the smiley face—has caused a stir between the estate of iconic grunge-rock band Nirvana and the fashion label Marc Jacobs. Last year, the American label launched a collection, titled “Redux Grunge”, featuring garments bearing more than a slight resemblance to the band’s smiley face logo. Representatives of Nirvana have claimed that the use of the logo is a blatant case of copyright infringement and see Marc Jacobs’ use of it as an attempt to spin the band’s aesthetic for their own profits. Representatives from the band have described the campaign as, “threatening to dilute the value of Nirvana’s licenses”. While the case is pending, you can decide for yourself: is ‘redux grunge’ a little too close to the real thing?

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