Popular coffee company Starbucks has been sued for penalties for copyright infringement and monetary damages worth $750,000. The suit has been brought against them by mural painter Maya Hayuk who claims that the company copied her artwork for their mini Frappucino campaign launched in May this year.
Hayuk works mostly with vibrant colors, geometric patterns and abstract designs in her paintings. According to the artist the company’s ad agency, 72andSunny had approached her for a project last October, which she had turned down at the time.
After the launch of Starbuck’s mini Frappuccino campaign, the designs used in the new mini Frappuccino cups caught her attention, as they were strikingly similar to some of her paintings- the ones that Starbucks had previously approached her for. The mini Frappuccino cups feature bright colors, tones and shades, which the artist alleges have been copied from some of her artwork, namely a series of five paintings.
The Starbucks coffee company now has to defend a copyright infringement accusation worth $750,000.