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American artist sues Shein for $100 million over copyright infringement

  • Florida-based artist Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson, is suing Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages for using her artwork without her consent.
  • Stephensen filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15.
  • Her complaint stated that the Chinese online retailer took some of her copyright-protected work from her Instagram from 2019 to 2021 and sold unauthorized copies for as low as $4 per print.
  • The filing also noted that Shein “intentionally” opted to remove Stephenson’s copyright management information (CMI) from the artwork – including her name and signature.
  • Stephenson noted four cases in which Shein purportedly used other artists’ work without authorization. She also claimed that the company has already been sued in more than 30 separate actions for infringement and/or unfair competition in the Central District of California.

A Florida artist has filed a lawsuit against Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages after the brand purportedly used her artwork without her consent.

Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson and residing in Jacksonville, Florida, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15. Stephenson also reportedly presented her certificate of registration from the U.S. Copyright Office for her artwork “One Is Good, More Is Better.”