[Huffington Post Canada] A Vancouver-based makeup artist is suing famous rapper Lil' Kim for up to $150,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed this week.
Samantha Ravndahl posted a photo of herself in makeup that she called "Glam Zombie" to Instagram in October 2013. According to The Globe and Mail, one of Ravndahl's Instagram followers told the makeup artist that her photo had appeared on Lil' Kim's Instagram account. (It's since been taken down, but can be seen in a screen grab on TMZ).
“I went there and saw that she had posted it with her copyright over it,” the 20-year-old told the newspaper. “She didn't credit me or anything. I thought it was kind of weird and looked into it more. I found all these other places she had been using this image as promotional album art for her song ['Dead Gal Walking']."
The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday and obtained by The Huffington Post B.C., outlines where Ravndahl believes Lil' Kim violated copyright:
Ravndahl believes that Lil' Kim, acting through her agent, Whosay Inc. ("Whosay"), slapped Lil' Kim's name and copyright notice over Ravndahl's face and makeup design on Ravndahl's photograph before distributing it all over the web. Ravndahl reached out to Lil' Kim in an attempt to amicably resolve the matter, but was, unfortunately, dissed by Lil' Kim's camp. Now comes this lawsuit ...
Lil' Kim's team has removed some of the uses of Ravndahl's image, but the makeup artist and her lawyer never received a response to the cease-and-desist letter.
"You would think, as an artist, [Lil' Kim] would have some sort of respect for fellow artists and for people in the creative community, and at least respond," Ravndahl's lawyer, Scott Burroughs, told HuffPost B.C. in an interview. "But she's refused to do so, which has left us with only one course of action, and that's to file the complaint in federal court."
Since the issue has gone public, Ravndahl has been harassed on Twitter by supporters and fans of Lil' Kim.
At this point, Burroughs said they hope to see Lil' Kim acknowledge the work is not hers and that she "made a mistake." They also want to see Ravndahl financially compensated for not only the usage of her image, but also the loss of future licensing potential.
"Not only is this artwork now not associated exclusively with [Ravndahl], it's now associated quite heavily with Lil' Kim," he said. "You have versions of it floating around online with Lil' Kim's copyright notice, claiming that it's her original artwork. And that's a problem that we have to have remedied."
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by LilKimZone
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Lil’ Kim Could Face A Lawsuit From Make-Up Artist
In early October of 2013, Canadian artist Samantha Ravndahl posted an impressive selfie, which depicted her face intricately covered with zombie makeup art.
According to the artist, whose very photo garnered the attention of 3.01K followers—including comments on plagiarism—Lil’ Kim has snagged the photo she made famous. Ravndahl is now suing after learning that the Brooklyn rapstress plans to use her image for the single artwork for “Dead Gal Walking.”
As TMZ has it, Lil’ Kim ignored the artist’s adverse reaction over social media. Ravndahl subsequently hired a lawyer and issued a letter to the diva demanding Kim pull the image from her social media accounts or face a $150K lawsuit. XXL Mag