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Risque Rihanna adjusts herself during a photoshoot in the Northern Ireland countryside

Risque Rihanna adjusts herself during a photoshoot in the Northern Ireland countryside

Storm in a t-shirt: Topshop garment

Storm in a t-shirt: Topshop garment

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Rihanna loses her top

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Rihanna could wrap up a little

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

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A topless Rihanna romps through a field of winter wheat in Northern Ireland

A topless Rihanna romps through a field of winter wheat in Northern Ireland

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictured this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.

26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictured this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Rihanna and friend on holiday. 2012

Rihanna and friend on holiday. 2012

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

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Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Rihanna pictured filming her new video in the New Lodge in Belfast

Fans gather to see Rihanna

Fans gather to see Rihanna

Rihanna during filming in the New Lodge area of North Belfast (AP)

Rihanna during filming in the New Lodge area of North Belfast (AP)

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22:  Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABC)

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABC)

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Rihanna performs during the half time show at the NBA basketball All-Star game (AP)

Rihanna performs during the half time show at the NBA basketball All-Star game (AP)

Barbados-born Rihanna is a megastar

Barbados-born Rihanna is a megastar

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Rihanna was not in court as her lawyers fought a legal battle over her image being used by high street fashion chain Topshop.

The absence of the Barbadian singer, who has been in the UK this week, was remarked on at London's High Court as she and two Los Angeles-based associated companies claimed she was entitled to damages for the unauthorised use of her image on a T-shirt.

The claim is allegedly for five million US dollars (£3.3m) and is against Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, who operate Topshop.

Bringing the action under her full name of Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the US-based celebrity alleges an unknown quantity of T-shirts was acquired by Topshop in 2011 and early 2012 and offered for sale under the name "Rihanna Tank".

Court documents allege that, after being challenged by the singer's lawyers, Topshop dropped her name on the T-shirt and referred to "Headscarf Girl Tank", and then to "Icon Tank".

The image under attack was taken by a freelance photographer "without her permission" while Rihanna was filming a video in Northern Ireland for one of her first singles in 2011.

The singer accuses Topshop of passing off, or attempting to pass off, the T-shirt as being approved or authorised by her and her associated companies and wrongly using her name in the course of trade.

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Rihanna's lawyers are asking Mr Justice Birss to grant an injunction to prevent Arcadia and Topshop continuing to sell clothes "using the mark Rihanna or any confusingly similar name", or passing off any goods as approved by her. They also want the delivery up or destruction of all clothes which would breach the injunction and the payment of damages.

Calling for the claim to be dismissed, Arcadia lawyers argue that, in substance, the singer is seeking legal recognition for an assumption that "only a celebrity or her successors may ever market, or license the marketing, of her own character". They contend that the monopoly pre-supposed by that claim "does not in point of law exist and certainly cannot be provided for by the law of passing off".

The hearing is continuing and judgment is expected to be reserved next week.


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