STREET ARTIST SUES AMERICAN EAGLE: Miami street artist David Anasagasti filed a lawsuit against American Eagle Outfitters Inc. for copyright infringement. Also known as AholSniffsGlue, the artist is recognized for his signature eyeballs as a backdrop motif for his art. He alleged in the complaint, filed in a Manhattan federal court last week, that his work appeared on the teen retailer’s Web site, social media advertising, on billboards and in in-store displays as part of the chain’s spring marketing campaign. He charged in court papers that the unauthorized infringement is not limited to the U.S. He cited in court documents a street-facing window display at an American Eagle store in Tokyo, as well as on a wall outside its store in Medellín, Colombia. That’s in addition to a billboard advertisement on Houston Street and Broadway in Manhattan. He claimed that the chain failed to credit him or compensate him for its use of the alleged infringing works.
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Anasagasti is seeking actual damages, infringement-related profits and an injunction barring further use of the alleged infringed works of art. An American Eagle spokeswoman declined comment on the litigation.