New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reportedly sent Khloe Kardashian a letter informing her that a design on one of her t-shirts is too similar to a logo currently under copyright.
The design shows the Statue of Liberty above a row of crops, which is almost exactly like a logo made for the Department of Agriculture’s “Pride of New York” campaign. Cuomo’s office says that if Khloe doesn’t stop selling the shirt within five days, the state will file a lawsuit.
“The State of New York has invested substantial time, effort and resources creating the respect and goodwill associated with the trademark,” the letter reads.
Kardashian created the shirts as part of the “Rich Soil” clothing line she began with husband Lamar Odom; the tees go for about $35 apiece. The “Pride of New York” logo was created in order to easily identify locally grown foods, so it’s no surprise that the governor doesn’t want Khloe’s clothing line confused with the initiative.
The website for the Department of Agriculture states, Be part of the Pride. Look for products displaying the Pride of New York logo when you shop and support your neighbors – the generations of family farms and food processors who have made New York State one of America’s leading suppliers of food and agricultural products.