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RIP-OFF NOT TOP, MAN!

The agit-rockers claim the chain used one of their slogans on a T-shirt without permission...

Agit-rock upstarts KINESIS are considering legal action against clothing chain TOPMAN, claiming they used the band's slogan on a top without permission.

In the last six months, Kinesis have handed out T-shirt, stencil and spray paint packs for fans to make their own T-shirts, with the slogans 'Kinesis' and the name of recent single, 'Billboard Beauty'.

However, the Bolton four-piece claim Topman have infringed copyright by using similar slogans, which they believe were lifted from the stencil pack (see picture). The group want the immediate removal of the vest design from Topman shops.

"Our lawyers are pushing for action to get the clothes out of the shops," guitarist Conor McGloin claimed. "Hopefully they will stop them from reproducing any of it again." NME.COM phoned Topman but they said they were talking to their legal department and unable to comment.

McGloin said Kinesis used the phrase 'Billboard Beauty' to criticise society for the way it "looks at 'perfection'" and to challenge the fashion and advertising industry for covering billboards with "images of stick-thin bodies".

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