Saturday, February 6, 2016

Anthrax sued for $1 million over ugly Hanukkah sweater


According to 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 said he created the original design for "The Ugly Hanukkah Sweater" in 2012 and registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2013. He has since been selling the sweatshirt through his Detroit company, Wet House.

Cummins has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court and is suing Anthrax and other parties for roughly $1 million in damages. Among those also named in the lawsuit are ecommerce website Rockabilia, where the sweatshirt has been for sale.

Frankie Blydenburgh, a buyer for Rockabilia.com, said: "We got the item in November. It's still on our site, but it's a limited edition. It's up to the merchandising companies we buy from to get the items cleared and make sure there's no copyright issues."