Kylie Jenner is finding herself at the center of another copyright infringement lawsuit. This time, Kylie is being sued by an artist who claims that images in the promotional materials for the reality series “Life of Kylie” are a direct rip-off of a piece she put together in October, 2015. That work, “Temptation Neon,” featured a mouth biting the lower lip and dripping color with a neon outline.
London-based artist Sara Pope alleges that Kylie, E! Entertainment and NBC Universal Media Group are all responsible for infringing on her copyright to that work by including an almost identical image in the trailers for Kylie’s new reality show about her life. In a new suit filed Tuesday, Sara and her lawyers allege that Kylie ripped her off.
“The finished artwork conveys glamour, intimacy, and sexual power–themes familiar to Defendant Kylie Jenner, who is building her brand around those themes,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendants sought to build a brand through artwork that captures glamour, intimacy, and power. By their zeal, they found Temptation Neon, and they copied it for their own profit–without consent, credit, or compensation.”
“Despite her prominent status, Kylie Jenner’s record of copyright infringement lawsuits is alarming,” the lawsuit also claims in a sly nod to Kylie’s legal troubles over t-shirts and Instagram posts. But the claim could help establish a pattern of copyright infringement, making Sara’s claims that much more credible.