Travis Scott Sued for Allegedly Using Unauthorized Artwork on the Cover of “Travi$ La Flame”

An artist in France claims Travis Scott used his art without permission

Travis Scott is facing a new lawsuit, but this time, it has nothing to do with the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld festival in November. According to TMZ, an action was brought against Travis by a French artist accusing the rapper of stealing his artwork without permission. Mickaël Mehala, an artist in France who goes by the nickname Black Childish, claims that his art of a centaur was stolen by Scott for the compilation project, Travi$ La Flame, which hit the streams as a project composed largely of sounds from Days Before Rodeo.

The artwork appears on streaming services including TIDAL and YouTube. He claims the artwork was created in 2015 and sent by DM to Travis Scott in 2016, the year Travi$ La Flame appeared on streaming services. Mehala claims the rapper never returned any messages and noted that he had used the art when he saw the project on streaming services.

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Mehala filed the lawsuit in France, where he claimed he filed documents to register the artwork copyright on his behalf in 2019. Since then, he claims he has made multiple attempts to contact the rapper and his legal team. Mehala said she finally heard from one of Scott’s lawyers who claimed Travis did not believe that the artwork belonged to a specific person.

In this case, the rapper’s lawyer has already spoken about it. “This is clearly a frivolous and baseless file. Anyone with internet access can tell you that Travis has never released an album called ‘La Flame’. The illustration in question was made by fans and uploaded to streaming services by those fans, something any user has the option to do.

Streaming services quickly removed it after they realized that certain people were trying to pass this off as a legitimate album. We look forward to responding to this case and getting a quick dismissal,” McPherson said. Mehala is processing Scott for hundreds of thousands of dollars and wants full ownership of the artwork.

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