Rihanna Slapped Topshop With A $5 Million Lawsuit
Rihanna is not letting anyone profit off her image without her authorization.
The pop superstar reportedly filed a lawsuit against British retail store Topshop for selling T-Shirts with her image printed on them.
According to Page Six, Rihanna filed the suit after negotiations broke down.
“Rihanna’s management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, ‘We do what we want.’ They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist,” sources said.
“What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, ‘Go to hell. We don’t care; we are going to continue selling you.’ Topshop is now in the United States. They set up in Manhattan and Nordstrom, but they know better than to do this in the US because they would get in trouble,” Page Six source continued.
“Even though the UK laws don’t protect the artist, she has decided to move forward and sue Topshop. She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it’s the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong.”
Can’t blame RiRi for filing this lawsuit. Its just plain exploitation.
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