A famous Brazilian artist has sued Apple and two artists, alleging that his work has been copied in a number of company advertisements.
The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in federal court in Miami, claims that the two artists that Apple paid for its “Start Something New” campaign, Craig & Karl, stole from Romero Britto’s “pop art” style.
Britto moved from Brazil to Florida when he was 24 years old. A few years later, in 1993, Britto opened a large gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami—and Apple followed suit with its own store on the same street 15 years after that. As the Brazilian artist’s fame grew, he was able to license his images onto various commercial products.
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