Jul 31 2013
A few months ago we reported that Rihanna was suing Topshop for using her image on a few shirts. Did you click the link to catch up on the story? Okay, fine, we’ll recap here. RiRi filed a $5 million law suit against Topshop for selling printed shirts that featured her image.
The image used was from a photo taken by a nameless, freelance photographer on the set of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ music video. Topshop affirmed that they purchased the rights to the photo and thus were allowed to use the image on the shirts. Although the brand had legal basis to use the image, they lost the case, because according to The Telegraph, “[The judge] said Topshop’s sale of a Rihanna T-shirt had been an act of “passing off”, and that a “substantial number” of customers were likely to have bought the T-shirt of a “false belief” that it had been authorised by the singer. The judge added that was damaging to her “goodwill” and represented a loss of control of her reputation in the “fashion sphere”.
You can own the photo, but you can’t use it unless you own the likeness, and we’re guessing that Rihanna (who is now $5 million richer) won’t be giving that up any time soon.
Via [The Cut]