Gibson suing toy company Funko over guitar likenesses in KISS, Guns N' Roses, Metallica figures

Gary Miller/Getty Images; Katarina BenzovaToy company Funko is in legal hot water over a number of their popular Pop! vinyl figures, including their small, plastic representations of KISS, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. However, the lawsuit isn’t over the artists themselves, it’s about the tiny guitars they’re holding.

According to documents obtained by Law360, guitar manufacturer Gibson is suing Funko for using the likeness of its guitars, including the Les Paul and the Flying V, in the toys without seeking permission. In the complaint, filed earlier this month, Gibson includes screenshots of the KISS, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica figures as exhibits in its argument.

“Despite its constructive and actual knowledge of the infringement of the Gibson trademarks by defendant’s unauthorized products, Funko has continued to provide defendant’s unauthorized products to distributors whom then sell defendant’s unauthorized products to the end consumer,” the complaint reads.

Funko has also made Pop! figures of musicians including Kurt Cobain, Jerry Garcia and Elton John.

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