The Rihanna Topshop lawsuit result is in with the court declaring that Rihanna’s face doesn’t belong on a T-shirt.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Rihanna Topshop lawsuit started when Rihanna T-shirts were being sold without the singer’s permission, or profit.
Perhaps the Topshop lawsuit has been giving Rihanna gray hairs, but the results of the Rihanna Topshop lawsuit will probably make her smile. The court made Rihanna $5 million richer, saying Topshop’s Rihanna T-shirts were unauthorized. Although, apparently Rihanna spent over $1 million on litigation costs so it was a costly battle indeed.
Topshop is a British retailer that has been selling a Rihanna T-shirt for quite a while now. RiRi demanded Topshop stop selling her image without permission but Rihanna’s management felt they were being told to “go to hell.” After several requests were apparently ignored the Rihanna Topshop lawsuit saga began.
The Rihanna tank was apparently at the center of Rihanna’s Topshop lawsuit. Rihanna accused Topshop of “passing off” the design as authorized by her. This action apparently fooled a “substantial number” of customers. Rihanna also felt the Topshop T-shirt represented a loss of control over her reputation.
The Rihanna T-shirt featured an image taken by paparazzi without RiRi’s approval. The judge in the Rihanna Topshop lawsuit was careful to make a distinction in how such photos are treated compared to merchandise:
“[There’s] no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image. 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.”
What do you think about the Rihanna Topshop lawsuit?