Last year Bay Area street artist Eddie Colla called Walmart out for selling one of his pieces as art by U.K. art star Banksy.
Now Colla is suing the retailer in federal court. His attorney filed suit this week in U.S. District Court in L.A.
The claim alleges that Walmart and sub-retailer Wayfair Inc. continued to sell copies of his piece, “Ambition,” as a Banksy canvas titled “Asking for Position,” even after Colla told Walmart the art was his:
At the time, Walmart told us that once it was aware of the situation, the item was “disabled for purchase” online.
In any case, the suit claims that …
… infringing activities have continued after Plaintiff demanded that they cease and desist, so that the infringing activities are willful, intentional and malicious.
Calla told us in December that he believed another piece, one by L.A. artist Mr. Brainwash, might also have been peddled as a Banksy on Walmart's site.
The suit says that Colla's copyright was violated and the author was irreparably harmed by Walmart and Wayfair, which it claims profited from the situation.
Colla wants unspecified damages as well as an order telling Walmart and Wayfair never again to sell work that allegedly violates his copyrights.