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Marshstepper Accuses Rocawear of "Ripping Off" Clothing Designs

Update: JS Aurelius has followed up on the incident with another post to Facebook.
September 26, 2016, 4:50pm
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Update [September 26, 4 PM]: JS Aurelius has followed up on this incident with a post to Facebook, thanking people for support and saying, "You can show your support for my ideas (the ideas that drive my artwork) by donating whatever resources you can (money, time, publicity, etc) to an organization like the Free alabama movement, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, your local Black Lives Matter chapter, Taala Hooghan Infoshop, etc."


JS Aurelius of Arizona experimental collective Ascetic House has accused the Rocawear clothing company, founded by Jay Z, of "ripping off" clothing designs from his noise group Marshstepper. Aurelius posted about the similarity between the designs on several platforms including Facebook and Instagram, and the label's official Twitter account has also tweeted about it, asking, "Jay Z where's my royalties?"

The garments in question include multiple t-shirts as well as a vest.

— Ascetic House (@AsceticHouse)September 25, 2016

Jay Z founded the company in 1999 and sold it in 2007, and told FACT that he currently has "no continuing involvement" with the brand.

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