Apr 14, 2021

Things Are Getting Salty

Nusret Gökçe is a Turkish butcher, chef and owner of Nusr–Et, a chain of luxury steak houses. You may also know Nusret Gökçe as the famous Salt Bae, who rose to fame when his technique for preparing and seasoning meat became an internet sensation.

Salt Bae has now been sued for copyright infringement by a Brooklyn based artist named William Hicks. Hicks is claiming Salt Bae has, without authorisation, printed Hicks’ artwork onto the menus, take-out bags and signs at several of Salt Bae’s restaurants located in Turkey, Greece and the United Arab Emirates. As a result of this alleged unauthorised use, Hicks is claiming damages in excess of $5million.

It is alleged by Hicks that in 2017, Salt Bae commissioned Hicks to create a mural of himself in his famous salt seasoning pose which was to be installed at Salt Bae’s Miami restaurant. Additional murals were installed in other locations across the world. It is alleged, following these installations, Salt Bae has continued to publish the artworks created by Hicks onto a number of items without consent and without compensating Hicks, the copyright owner. In early 2020, Hicks corresponded with Salt Bae requesting the he stop the alleged infringing acts, however in response it is claimed that Salt Bae created and published further infringing graphics at several of his restaurants.

In addition to claiming damages in excess of $5million, Hicks is seeking an injunction and any other relief, as the Court deems appropriate.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright

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