He wants all the cash that he's owed
Tupac Shakur has been gone from this world for many years now, but the fight for his dignity rages on. There are films about his final hours, documentaries about who his gunman might have been on that fateful night, and tons and tons of merchandise with his face on it. That’s the problem that we’re talking about right now.
Yet another photographer has come forward saying that people are illegally using his photos of Tupac to get some money that they won’t even share with him. He’s just asking for what he’s rightfully owed, along with some cash for all of the damage that they’ve caused him. Do you think he’s going to get what he deserves?
Memorabilia with Tupac’s image on it is valuable right now, and it sells big. People will do anything to get the rights to his photographs to sell their wares. Then there are those who do it without securing those rights first… like Kylie and Kendall Jenner, who got into hot water when they shockingly superimposed their own pictures on top of his on very expensive t-shirts.
The shirts were quickly pulled from online retailers when Michael Miller, the photographer who took the Tupac pictures, sued them saying, “[The Jenners] misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs of late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photographs on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text.”
Yet another photographer had to sick the law on his property back in June. Danny Clinch took Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters along with Bioworld Merchandising, Planet Productions, and Amaru/AWA Merchandising for the clothing that contained his pictures. He originally took the photos for use in Rolling Stone and copyrighted them back in 2002.
More shirts have come out recently that have angered a different photographer who said that the manufacturers had no right to make them.
TMZ reported that photographer Chi Modu took many photographs of hip hop artists throughout the past decades, and his portraits of Tupac were some of his most famous pieces of art. He did license his pictures of the late, great rapper to a merchandising company for a while so that he could make some dough, but that deal expired in July 2016.
Get That Money
That didn’t stop Macy’s and Urban Outfitters from continuing to sell the shirts emblazoned with Tupac’s face though. Modu is suing the merchandising company and the popular clothing stores for their crimes. He wants all of the profit they made from them plus damages. Macy’s and Urban Outfitters have not responded to any questions about the illegal shirts.
It seems that people can’t resist breaking the law to make big bucks with Tupac Shakur merchandise. This may be an effort to capitalize on the upcoming FOX documentary Who Shot Biggie & Tupac which premieres on Sunday, September 24. More interesting information has come to light recently as Suge Knight has hinted that he doesn’t believe that Tupac is even dead. Despite being in the same car with ‘Pac when he was gunned down, Suge Knight said that there’s a chance he’s still alive and kicking, saying, “With him, you never know.”
Do you think that Tupac could still be alive and laughing about all these lawsuits over his image, or did he pass away a very long time ago? Let us know what you think is going on with Tupac in the comments and SHARE this story!