Jenner Sisters Threatened with Lawsuit
Kendall and Kyrie Jenner recently learned that their fame does not give them a license to infringe an estate's rights to the deceased's image.
It is not exactly clear what Kendall and Kyrie Jenner are famous for, but they just are.
Every month or so, the Jenner sisters just pop into the news over something or other. If other people did the same thing, no one would care because it would not be newsworthy.
Maybe their skill at getting that media attention is what they're most famous for doing.
The sisters recently learned that this skill can get them sued by an estate.
TMZ reported on this in "Notorious B.I.G. Estate Warns Kendall & Kylie Jenner Lawsuit's Coming, Unless."
The sisters created T-shirts with the images of deceased rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The problem with this is that they superimposed their images and logo over the rappers' images and offered the shirts for sale on their website.
It is not clear why they thought they could do this since they did not seek permission from the artists' estates to use the images.
Notorious B.I.G.'s mother was deeply offended. His estate's attorney sent the sisters a cease and desist letter with a deadline to stop selling the shirts or face a lawsuit. The Jenner's quickly complied and took the shirts out of their store.
The lesson here is that just because a person has passed away, you cannot use his or her likeness in your commercial enterprises without permission.
The estate of the deceased holds the rights to that likeness and can sue for infringement.
Reference: TMZ (June 29, 2017) "Notorious B.I.G. Estate Warns Kendall & Kylie Jenner Lawsuit's Coming, Unless."