Rihanna Wins Lawsuit Over Topshop Shirts


Rihanna has won her lawsuit with clothing giant, Topshop, after they sold shirts with an unlicensed image of Rihanna in 2011 and early 2012. The snapped photo was taken during filming her music video, “We Found Love,” and later used as the CD sleeve for her album Talk That Talk. RiRi’s lawyers filed suit on the grounds that Topshop deceptively sold shirts under the false belief that they were celebrity endorsed.

The store initially disputed the charge explaining they had bought legal rights for the image from the photographer. According to British law, if a brand owns an image of an artist, they are free to use it without paying licensing fees to the artist. Although the law is different in the U.S, the shirts were only sold in U.K.

The “S&M” singer reportedly sued for $5 million, but the judge has not specified damages yet.

Meanwhile, after wrapping up the European leg of her Diamonds world tour in Helsinki, Finland, Rihanna is gearing up to play a series of shows in Asia starting in Macau on Sept. 13, with stops in the Philippines and Singapore before a swing through Australia and New Zealand. She then returns to the U.S. for another round of concerts kicking off on Nov. 9 in Denver.

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