Rihanna just won a lawsuit against Topshop after she accused the British retailer of putting her face on their T-shirts without her permission.
“Diamonds” diva Rihanna claimed victory in court over British retailer Topshop. The brand began using her likeness on their pop culture-inspired T-shirts without securing the singer’s go signal. Rihanna then filed a $5-million lawsuit against its parent company, Arcadia, in 2013.
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The London Court of Appeals upheld a ban on Topshop against selling the sleeveless T-shirts featuring Rihanna’s face on them. According to BBC News, this marks a record win as the first ever celebrity case against a retail company after three judges unanimously sided with the singer to pen a decision against Topshop damaging Rihanna’s brand.
The image used on the T-shirts is copyrighted to a photographer hired to take photos related to Rihanna’s Northern Ireland music video shoot in 2011, some of which appeared on her “Talk That Talk” CD sleeve. According to Rihanna’s lawyers, the use of her image without permission was an act of deception against the Grammy-winning R&B artist.
Earlier on, a 2013 ruling by High Court Judge Justice Birrs stated that consumers purchasing the T-shirt with the singer’s likeness in front would be laboring under the delusion that Rihanna personally gave her go signal for the release of the clothing item to the public.
Topshop filed for an appeal, stating that the retail company had no intention of endorsing or promoting Rihanna to its customers via “false messages” and insisted there was no “consumer confusion” involved.
However, the brand lost its case, and Rihanna can safely veto distribution of the T-shirts, pending collection of $5 million in damages from Topshop as well.
Quite a new year’s payday for the Barbados pop diva, wouldn’t you say?
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