Dutch artist Nadia Plesner got in hot water with Louis Vuitton in 2008 for depicting an African child with one of its high-end bags on one arm and a chihuahua in the other (below) as part of her campaign urging divestment from Sudan over the conflict in Darfur. Now the company is suing her again: this time, the luxury goods company has filed a copyright infringement suit at The Hague that will penalize her 5,000 Euros for each day a likeness of its Audra bag in her painting Darfurnica remains on her website. The company has been tallying her penalty since Jan. 28.
Is this really worth the bad publicity for Vuitton? Surely it must realize that it's tempting the Barbra Streisand Effect, in which trying to suppress something only brings it more exposure.
Darfurnica (detail), Nadia Plesner, 2010