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Synchronized Stealing? Artist Alleges Spain's Swimsuits Infringed Copyright

The Spanish synchronized swimming team certainly knows how to make a sartorial splash. 

First its suits festooned with waterproof Christmas lights were banned from the Olympics as illegal "props." 

Now, Counterfeit Chic has learned, German graffiti artist CANTWO has alleged that the replacement suits, which feature a menacing gangsta character with a backwards baseball hat, are unauthorized copies of his original artwork from 2001.  Not exactly what the artist had in mind, as his website invites visitors to "study my artwork and get inspired...but don't steal." 

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As if Spain's Olympians needed more controversy.

Many thanks to Andy Eberle for the tip!