Kat Von D Tattoo Lawsuit Is ‘First-Of-Its Kind’

Kat Von D Lawsuit: The celebrity tattoo artist is facing a lawsuit that is believed to be the 'first-of-its-kind'. 
Credit: @thekatvond/Instagram

Kat Von D, whose real name is Katherine Von Drachenberg, is facing a lawsuit that is believed to be the ‘first-of-its-kind’. 

The celebrity tattoo artist is reportedly being sued by a photographer for using an image as reference for an inking back in 2017.

It’s believed they’ve alleged the Mexican-American infringed copyright and violated his intellectual property rights by doing so.

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The tattoo in question shows jazz legend Miles Davis placing a finger to his lips. The photo was originally captured by Jeffrey Sedlik.

Apparently, Von D was not paid for working on this particular inking. However, she later went on to post it on social media.

Californian copyright attorney Aaron Moss explained to Bloomberg: “Essentially, he’s saying that the tattoo is substantially similar to his photograph of Miles Davis and therefore Kat Von D has committed copyright infringement.”

Following the allegation, Von D has reportedly insisted that the tattoo doesn’t break copyright infringement, as she made it original.

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Kat Von D
Kat Von D s facing a lawsuit that is believed to be the ‘first-of-its-kind’. Credit: @thekatvond/Instagram

Lawyers for the star have reportedly filed papers saying: “Holding tattoo artists civilly liable for copyright infringement will necessarily expose the clients of these artists to the same civil liability anytime they choose to get tattoos based on copyrighted source material, display their tattooed bodies in public, or share social media posts of their tattoos.

“That is not the law and cannot be the law.”

If the photographer was to win the case, this could potentially mean major changes for the tattoo industry, as it would mean artists would be limited in what they can and cannot ink on people’s skin.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.