Nirvana Sues Designer Marc Jacobs for Stealing Iconic Smiley Face Logo

The company even uses the word "grunge" in the fashion line
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By: Anthony Capobianco 

Uh oh. This smells like copyright infringement.

According to TMZ, the iconic 90's grunge band Nirvana has filed a lawsuit against fashion designer Marc Jacobs over the use of the band's smiley-face logo without permission.

The legendary logo is proudly worn by fans below:

Nirvana fans Tanya and Dave Deegan, from Dublin, take a picture alongside Kurt Cobain's Nirvana smiley face t-shirt at the opening of the 'Growing Up Kurt' exhibition on the life of the Nirvana frontman, at the museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.
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As part of the clothing brand's "Bootleg Grunge Redux" collection, the design takes Nirvana's famous logo by replacing the X-eyes with its initials with "Heaven" written above in the band's font. Take a look below: 

The band trademarked the image in 1992 and never granted Marc Jacobs permission to use or adjust the original design.