According to the Detroit Free Press, ANTHRAX is being sued by a Detroit artist and businessman who claims the band is selling sweatshirts featuring his blue-and-white Happy Hanukkah design.
Aaron Cummins claims he created the original design for “The Ugly Hanukkah Sweater” in 2012 and registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office one year later. He has since been selling the sweatshirt through his Detroit company, Wet House.
Cummins claims in his lawsuit that the ANTHRAX Hanukkah sweater featuring his design first popped up online around last September and continues to be sold online at Rockabilia.com.
Frankie Blydenburgh, a Minnesota-based buyer for Rockabilia.com, told the Detroit Free Press that Rockabilia.com bought the ANTHRAX Hanukkah sweatshirts from a company called Global Merchandising Services, which is also a defendant in the lawsuit.
“It’s up to the merchandising companies we buy from to get the items cleared and make sure there’s no [copyright] issues,” Blydenburgh said.
Cummins is seeking at least $1 million in damages as well as an injunction to “permanently” stop the defendants from manufacturing, selling or marketing any more products that display the plaintiff’s copyrighted Hanukkah sweater design.
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Photos below: U.S. District Court records