Rihanna’s Fight With Retailer Topshop Over Using Unauthorized Image Finally Resolved
UPDATE: The wheels of justice turn slowly, but finally Rihanna has proven victorious over a company selling her image on a t-shirt without her permission.
Her legal dispute was with retailer Topshop ended when three UK judges at the Court of Appeal agreed with an earlier High Court ruling that “selling the tank top could deceive some shoppers and Rihanna’s fans into thinking she endorsed the item of clothing,” reports Business Insider.
Although celebrities in the UK have no legal right to control how their images are used, if a product is marketed in such a way that may suggest the celebrity endorsed it, this could be a case of an unauthorized use of a trademark or image rights.
The lawsuit went back to 2013 when Rihanna initially won her case in the High Court and Topshop was told to stop selling clothing with the singer’s image. Topshop appealed last year, arguing there is a long tradition of retailers using celebrities’ images, such as Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. It was this appeal that was just overturned in court.
Update by Ann Brown
Original story posted July 31, 2013
From The Grio
A British judge has ruled in favor of the singer Rihanna, who sued retailer Topshop for selling a T-shirt bearing her image without permission.
High Court Justice Colin Birss says buyers were likely deceived by believing she had authorized its sale.
Birss says the sales represented a loss of Rihanna’s reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.
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