YES snowboards is being sued by the estate of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. for using a well-known image of the artist taken by hip-hop photographer Chi Modu.
The Swiss snowboarding company Yes Snowboards allegedly used the image of the rapper without permission.
“In complete disregard for BIG’s rights, and with knowledge of the infringing nature of their actions, Defendants knowingly used Wallace’s image, without permission from nor compensation to BIG,” the complaint reads. “Without hesitation, Defendants usurped Wallace’s image for the sole purpose of profiting from the sale of unauthorized and infringing products, and, specifically, posters, prints and other artwork.”
The images were used as decals on company snowboards. The snowboards featuring Wallace appear to have been removed from the company’s website.
The lawsuit is seeking an injunction against Yes, along with all profits the company made off the products and unspecified damages.