Rihanna wins lawsuit against Topshop over image rights
R&B star Rihanna has won a two-year legal battle against Topshop over a T-shirt using her photo.
Los Angeles: R&B star Rihanna has won a two-year legal battle against Topshop over a T-shirt using her photo.
On January 22, the Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling the T-shirt without obtaining her permission.
Three appeal judges unanimously agreed that selling the T-shirt without the 26-year-old 'Umbrella' hitmaker's permission was damaging to her brand.
Lord Justice David Kitchin said, "People could be deceived into buying the T-shirt perhaps believing it was authorised by Rihanna. Topshop sold the T-shirt without Rihanna's approval and this amounted to passing off."
Back in 2013, Rihanna sued Topshop's parent company Arcadia for USD 5.5 million over the T-Shirt which featured a photo of her taken by a freelance photographer in Northern Ireland during the filming of her 'We Found Love' music video in 2011.
High Court Judge Justice Birss agreed and ruled that fans would be deceived into buying the T-shirt because of the "false belief" that Rihanna had agreed to let Topshop use her image.