Artist James Concannon designed a stenciled leather jacket for ‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski. Lego copied the jacket without Concannon’s permission and Concannon is now suing Lego for copyright infringement.
Concannon’s black leather jacket features a white stencil of a skull, peace sign and Yin-yang symbol. The Lego piece has similar symbols in roughly the same place.
If Lego had only given Concannon’s 6-year-old son a free Lego set as promised, the case could have been settled out of court. But Lego wanted to play hardball.
The artist says he contacted Lego after seeing that the “Lego Queer Eye Fab 5 Loft” set copied “the unique placement, coordination and arrangement of individual art elements” from the original jacket. Concannon said the company made it clear in its marketing that the toy jacket was based on the real one he designed.
Concannon added that when he first contacted Lego, he was offered a free “Fab 5 Loft” set, which sells for $99, for his 6-year-old son. When the toy never came, he says he contacted Lego again and was told that the previous operator had made a mistake and that Lego does not give away his games for free.