Nirvana and Marc Jacobs' logo battle just got messier

Nirvana - copyright case
(Image credit: Nirvana)

There was a time in the 90s when you could hardly walk down the street without spotting a t-shirt adorned with Nirvana's famous 'smiley face' logo. But it seems it isn't all smiles for the band right now, as it pursues a fierce copyright case against fashion designer Marc Jacobs for co-opting the logo. And now, both parties are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to save face.

Marc Jacobs has now claimed that the famous logo (which, like all of the best logos, is truly unmistakeable) wasn't even designed by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. According to a new filing by the fashion house, there is insufficient proof that shirts featuring a (very) similar face are even an infringement of copyright at all.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.