BY: Kelsey Williamson (Gainesville, GA)
What began as a wall post on Facebook has evolved into a full-fledged lawsuit after artist Abigail Larson created a post accusing China Glaza Nail Lacquer of using her artwork with slight editing as a backdrop for their new “Wicked” nail polish campaign for the Halloween season.
Larson posted on October 11 that the nail polish company was using her art without permission or compensation to the artist. Larson’s fans immediately responded with posts against China Glaze and began spreading Larson’s message not to purchase the product.
China Glaza responded quickly, stating that the company hired an outside artist to create an original piece to represent the collection and that the company was previously unaware of the similarity to one of Larson’s pieces. The company stated that they are taking legal steps to correct the mishap and that they are planning to take action against the hired artist who stole Larson’s work.
Later on Wednesday, Larson’s original post against China Glaze had been removed, and she wrote that China Glaze was working with her to solve any problems and that they had mentioned hiring her to work with them in the future.
Larson seems to be satisfied with the outcome, though whether or not she receives any compensation or if the alleged hired artist will be prosecuted is yet to be seen. No further posts have been made since Wednesday concerning the matter on Larson or China Glaze’s Facebook pages.