Legendary '90s grunge band Nirvana is suing Marc Jacobs International for allegedly infringing on the band's copyright for its smiley face logo. The band filed a complaint in a California court on December 28, 2018.

Whether you're a fan of the band or the brand, we're pretty sure you've seen Nirvana's ubiquitous smiley face logo. 

Basically everyone who lived through the '90s can recognize this iconic smiley face logo, with its wobbly smile, X's for eyes, and protruding tongue.

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Despite frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, the band remains popular to this day. Stores like Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters, and even Target sell merch adorned with the memorable logo.

Well, in November 2018, Marc Jacobs released its Redux Grunge Collection to celebrate Jacobs' work with Perry Ellis back in the early '90s. The collection has a very Nirvana-esque vibe to it all around, but several of the items specifically feature a smiley face logo that is eerily similar to the band's design.

Sure, it's pretty much just a quirky, poorly drawn smiley face, but according to the lawsuit, Cobain created the logo in 1991, and "Nirvana has used that copyright-protected design and logo continuously since 1992 to identify its music." The band also claims that because the logo has become synonymous with the band's music, "a significant portion of the consuming public assumes that all goods or services that bear the logo are endorsed by or associated with Nirvana."

Over the years, the band has "licensed its copyrighted logo on literally dozens of different T-shirts, shirts, hats, hoodies, bags, backpacks, glasses, wallets, and other items of merchandise," but this particular Marc Jacobs collection is not included. Thus, it is suing for copyright infringement.

The logo on Marc Jacobs' $115 T-shirts and $200 crewnecks, among other pieces, is virtually identical to Nirvana's. Instead of X's as eyes, it features an "M" and "J" in a scribbled font, and instead of "Nirvana," it says "Heaven," also in a similar font.

I mean, seriously, the similarities are uncanny.

Also, besides basically copying the logo itself, the brand is "using a virtually identical copy of Nirvana’s [legally protected] image… as part of a wider campaign" that co-opts Nirvana's intellectual property, like using the image at promotional events, using Nirvana lyrics, and using memes "from a video of Nirvana and its co-founder and singer Kurt Cobain performing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’," according to the lawsuit.

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Nirvana LLC says its counsel has demanded that the fashion brand, as well as retailers, stop marketing and selling these items in the collection, but the defendants "have ignored those demands, failed to stop any of the other wrongful activities."

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In fact, Jacobs himself has responded by allegedly upping the marketing efforts and even posting photos of himself in one of the tees. So it should be interesting to see how this all pans out.

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Nirvana is seeking an array of monetary damages in the United States District Court for the District of Central California, as well as injunctive relief, which would require Marc Jacobs to immediately and (maybe) permanently cease all use of the band's logo, name, song titles, and any other distinctive symbols.

As this drama enfolds, let us reminisce about simpler times.