What’s Mine is Yours. But Not Really.

By Catherine Kim [June 18th, 2012] 

Art Jacobs

Last week, an artistic throwdown occurred between Marc Jacobs and graffiti artist Kidult. Marc Jacobs’ Soho boutique was marked with the word “ART” in hot pink graffiti by Kidult, and a photo of his work was later tweeted by the graffiti artist himself. The designer company later announced on Twitter that they are selling hot pink “Art by Art Jacobs” T-shirts, retailing at $689. Signed by the artist, $680.

What was Kidult’s response? The artist retweeted from @lexisnotdead: “SHAME on you, YOU COPY @therealkidult to make money with it, capitalist thieve [sic] RT @MarcJacobsIntl.”

It seems like Marc Jacobs was taking the phrase, “what’s mine is yours,” literally when Kidult created his work of art on the fashion label’s storefront. At first glance, it seems to be just a joke on Marc Jacobs’ part, but the T-shirts are actually in stock and are really being sold for that price. Who is the rightful owner of “ART”? Could this count as copyright infringement? This one seems like a no brainer.

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