RIHANNA'S LAWSUIT AGAINST TOP SHOP

Photo from TopShop

A t-shirt with Rihanna's face sold, without her consent or authorization, at the fast fashion retailer Top Shop at the end of last year led to the lawsuit by the singer against the retailer. The suit will be officially addressed at Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice this summer, according to to WWD.

The unauthorized use of Rihanna's photo without her consent seems a straightforward argument for a case. According to WWD, Rihanna's representatives argue that the unauthorized use of her image suggests endorsement by association. However, in the U.K. there is no right of personality, which would mean that anyone who legally purchases an image can use it, unless it is a trademark. The decision of the High Court in the next months will tell which understading is correct and  if Rihanna wins, it would be a landmark decision for the British court.


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