Galliano sued for plagiarism. And he lost 275,000$

Photographer William Klein won a lawsuit against John Galliano, in which he accused the designer of plagiarism. A french judge ruled in favor of Klein and gave Galliano a fine in total of 200.000 euros, divided in 2 parts – 150.000 euros for breach of intellectual copyright and 50.000 euros for moral damage.

The Galliano ad campaign used photography laid out like an enlarged contact sheet and covered with broken double yellow lines. The UK designer’s ad campaign had already appeared in the March issues of French Vogue and Numero, as well as publications in the UK and Russia.

Klein, who developed this technique 15 years ago, sued Galliano for breach of intellectual copyright. Galliano’s lawyer argued during the trial that the ads did not resemble any particular image by the photographer.


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