International Reach for Plagiarism Lawsuit

Jun 6, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
The group claims that Morris took their origami crease patterns and changed the color scheme before selling the works.

Group lawsuits can often bring people of different backgrounds together in a suit against a single person or organization. One such case is being brought against a British artist due to claims of plagiarism.

Sarah Morris, an artist who splits her time between London and New York, is being sued by a group of origami artists from Italy, Spain, Japan and the U.S., according to The Guardian.

The group claims that Morris took their origami crease patterns and changed the color scheme before selling the works. A federal lawsuit for copyright infringement was filed due to a lack of permission granted to the British artist for the alleged copying of these pieces of art, reported the news source.

Paintings by the artist often go for a price of upwards of $100,000, and the 24 works that are being contested would leave for an enormous payout if Morris is convicted, Artlyst reported.

The six artists who have filed the suit obtained a group representation due to the money involved in the case along with the prestige of Morris, according to the news source.