Following threats by the creators to sue for copyright infringement, Mercedes-Benz USA is suing four Detroit-based street artists whose graffiti was used by the car company in an advertising campaign on Instagram.
In January last year, the automobile makers posted photos on their Instagram profile, advertising the luxury Mercedes G 500 vehicle. The photos posted which have since been deleted (in which the suit claims was done out of courtesy), featured murals and graffiti created by the street artists. The murals included some which were in the Eastern Market of Detroit where the artists had produced over 100 art works through a program called ÂMurals in the MarketÂ.
The suit filed on Friday claims the four artists threatened the carmakers with a copyright infringement lawsuit and was made in order to Âget a resolution of these baseless threats.Â