Local artist suing website for printing artwork on products

Courtesy: Brad Parker

A Big Island artist is suing a mainland website, claiming it sold more than 200 items with his artwork on them.

Brad Parker, also known as Tiki Shark, sells his artwork through his website and Kailua-Kona gallery.

Parker says he was shocked when a client in the Middle East backed out of a deal to use his artwork on their products, costing him more than $260,000.

“They ordered many containers and they were going to order more in the future, I thought. Unfortunately, while they were ordering this one container, they called me and said, ‘You lied to us. We don’t have exclusive rights to this image. It’s all over the internet.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?'” Parker said.

Parker is now suing the website, CafePress.com.

The website’s attorney says the lawsuit is still in the early stages, adding that the website is just a third-party provider where people can submit images to be printed on items like T-Shirts and coffee mugs.

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