An L.A. artist is suing Live Nation and C3 Presents in federal court, alleging copyright infringement over several images that had been licensed for Lollapalooza.
According to the lawsuit filed Friday in California Central District U.S. Court, artist Juan Marcos Montes had licensed several works of art for the festival franchise’s events in Chicago and Santiago, Chile, for a three-year period. According to the lawsuit filed by attorney Scott Alan Burroughs, Live Nation and C3 “continued to use the artworks outside of the scope, and beyond the temporal period, of the license” without Montes permission. That includes using the art for other events and claims the two companies and firm The Uprising Creative allegedly sub-licensed the artwork to third parties.
Burroughs sites several examples of use of the unlicensed work in his lawsuit on hats and slippers sold at Lollapalooza, and marketing material used at the festival, saying the “comparisons make apparent that the elements, composition, colors, arrangement, layout, rendering, and appearance of the artworks at issue are identical, strikingly similar, or at least substantially similar.”
Montes is suing on one count of copyright infringement and one count of vicarious and/or contributory copyright infringement, asking a judge to prevent Live Nation from using the copyright images in the future and requiring the company to make a yet-to-be-determined payment to Montes.
Billboard reached out to a representative of Live Nation for comment but did not receive a response.