#GirlBoss, But at What Cost?

We’re all about the #GirlBoss movement, but not about the copyright infringement issues that have been creeping up on Nasty Gal throughout the years.

If you recall, jewelry designer Jamie Spinello took Nasty Gal to court a few short years ago for copying her designs. Austin-based designer Jamie Spinello claimed that this #GirlBoss brand was in fact selling an exact copy of Spinello’s original “Art Deco Revival Necklace” design (which Spinello created in 2012) on its website.

Of course, the retailer rebutted the claim stating they had “no knowledge that this necklace was allegedly a copy of her design.” Instead, the company placed the blame on its supplier, saying: “Nasty Gal did not create or manufacture the necklace.”

Unfortunately for the brand, this is just one of the MANY claims brought against them for intellectual property infringement.

If you’ve watched the Netflix original, Girl Boss, you can feel the struggles that Nasty Gal’s founder, Sophia Amoruso, endured when starting up her eBay business (although, how loosely the show is a re-enactment of what really happened – rather than a product of the entertainment industry – is a question of ours). Now that this small vintage-inspired eBay business has turned into a trendy North American staple for many young women, it’s hard to believe Amoruso doesn’t know the implications of stealing someone else’s ideas.

Sure, we all want to be a #GirlBoss, but at what cost?


Information gathered from: www.thefashionlaw.com 

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