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Mercedes in legal dispute with graffiti artists

MB is suing four graffiti artists and accusing them of trying to shake down the car brand for allegedly using their street art in its social media posts.

In a lawsuit filed on Friday, Mercedes claimed that Daniel Bombardier, James “Dabls” Lewis, Jeff Soto and Maxx Gramajo threatened the company with copyright infringement suits for photos the luxury brand posted on Instagram.

The posts, which went up a year ago, featured a vehicle driving through the streets of Detroit and captured the art in the background.

While Mercedes deleted the posts “as a courtesy,” it claims the artists’ attorney “continued making threats . . . claiming that (he) desires to ‘expose’ the company, and would use the discovery process to unearth information other people could use to sue Mercedes.”

But Jeff Gluck, who is repping the artists, told us that Mercedes’ suit “is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to bully and intimidate” the group.

And, “We will fight back for the artist community . . . The artists have yet to demand any specific amount of money from Mercedes, so it’s nonsensical to call anything a shakedown.”

The graffiti was part of a project called Murals in the Market, and its executive festival director said, “We side with the artists and will help fight against corporations who don’t act responsibly or respectfully.”

Mercedes is seeking a ruling in Michigan federal court that posting the images doesn’t violate copyright.
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