Rihanna Wins Topshop Court Case Over Shirt Image
UK retailer Topshop is learning that you can’t use Rihanna’s face without permission.
According to NME, the “Diamonds” singer has won the legal battle with Topshop after a T-shirt bore a design that Rih did not authorize and that her lawyers defended, was “very similar” to images used on one of her album sleeves.
The photograph was reportedly swiped from a freelance photographer who took a snapshot of the Bajan beauty during a video shoot for her 2011 hit “We Found Love.” High Court judge Justice Birss, ruled that a “substantial number” of customers could have copped the shirt under the impression that the bad gal approved the image.
“The mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not an act of passing off,” Justice Birss explained, before stating that because the garment looked as though it was officially endorsed, it was damaging to Rih’s “goodwill” and could affect her ability to control her reputation in the “fashion sphere”.
While Rihanna wasn’t present for the ruling, BBC News reports that the assessment of damages was laid out.
The singer recently released her own line at River Island that was made available to the public this past spring. Her fall collection is scheduled to launch September 12.