Rihanna triumphs over Topshop
Published 01/08/2013 | 10:42
Rihanna has claimed victory in her lawsuit against high street chain Topshop for using her image on T-shirts.
The popstar sued the high street store’s parent company Arcadia for $5 million over T-shirts bearing her image earlier this year. Her legal team told London’s High Court that the fashion chain had duped fans by using the picture without her approval and this could have caused damage to her reputation.
"[There is] no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image,” Mr Justice Birss said during the two-minute judgement on Tuesday. "The taking of the photograph is not suggested to have breached Rihanna's privacy. The mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not an act of passing off.
"However, I find that Topshop's sale of this T-shirt was an act of passing off."
The photo which appeared on the T-shirts was taken during a 2011 shoot.
Lawyers for Topshop claimed Rihanna was making an unreasonable bid to establish a "free standing image right" over the use of her picture in Britain.
Rihanna has a fashion deal with River Island – a direct competitor to Topshop in the UK.
It was recently reported that the star had been unhappy with how she was treated by Topshop, which is chaired by billionaire Sir Philip Green.
A source revealed to New York Post that Rihanna’s team had tried to negotiate with the company for eight months.
It was also claimed that the 25-year-old has spent almost $1 million in litigation after hiring an international law firm.
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