So remember when Sean “Diddy” Combs launched the best-selling fragrance, “Unforgivable” with Estee Lauder & Co. back in 2006? The fragrance was so successful that everyone wants a piece of the dough it rolled in. In fact, it’s been over 2 years and some people still want to squeeze Diddy’s dollars out by suing him.
An influential glass artist from Pittsfield, Tom Patti, claims that the cologne’s packaging is a rip-off of to copyrighted tabletop glass sculptures he created in the early 1980s called “Compacted Gray With Clear and Ribs” and “Modulated Solar Airframe”. Patti said people have congratulating him on the success of his fragrance container and this led him to realize that Combs had replicated his work.
The artist wants to Diddy’s camp to stop using the design, also all profits traceable to the alleged copyright infringement. Sounds like a lot of moolah. But the artist insists his work has been jacked. The designers of the fragrance bottle, James Gager and Johan Linden said that the bottle reflected Diddy’s love of architecture. Patti said, “You don’t just come up with that kind of a thing. It took me many years to develop it.”
Well we don’t know that much about glass art or architecture, so we won’t comment on the many years to develop the art or about how minimalistic an art piece can be. To us, the most interesting thing about this allegation is the use of the words ‘rip-off’ and ‘replicated’, because here’s what we think is more worthy of the words.
A couple of weeks ago, the perfume world got shaken and stirred when perfume giant Nina Ricci sued the folks who made Twilight perfume over the exact replication of the Nina by Nina Ricci perfume bottle.
Any thoughts on this, people?
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