Well-Known Artist Sues Cafe Press for Copyright Infringement

By Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker

A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group and Hawaii based attorney, David Smith has been getting a lot of media attention this week, including coverage from Courthouse News Service and KITV News in Hawaii.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tiki Shark Art, whose owner is the well-known artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker. According to reporter Andrew Pereira, the suit alleges that one of Parker’s paintings, Forbidden Island (shown above), was used by CafePress without his permission on towels and other items, and sold on the retailer’s website resulting in the loss of a $257,000 contract.

KITV ran a 3-minute story on the lawsuit including an interview with Brad Parker which can be viewed at the KITV News site here.

Full disclosure: I work with Schneider Rothman on a variety of IP matters.  In addition, Parker’s case came to light when David Smith contacted me through Art Law Journal, and I may benefit as a result of my referral of the case to Schneider Rothman. 

Steve Schlackman

As a photographer and Patent Attorney with a background in marketing, Steve has a unique perspective on art and law. Should you have any questions on intellectual property contact him through his website at SchlackmanIPlaw.com. His photography can be seen online at at Fotofilosophy.com or on display at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York City.

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