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article imageRihanna wins Topshop lawsuit over unauthorized image use

By Yukio Strachan     Jul 31, 2013 in Business
Barbadian singer Rihanna won a $5 million lawsuit on Wednesday against British fashion chain Topshop, accusing the UK retailer of selling T-shirts bearing her picture without permission.
In March last year, according to ABC, Topshop started selling a T-shirt bearing a photograph of the singer.
The shirts were initially sold as the "Rihanna Tank" and then — after she complained — as the "Headscarf Girl Tank" and the "Icon Tank."
Topshop bought a license to use the image on the T-shirt from the freelance photographer in Northern Ireland who took it, during the video shoot for Rihanna's single "We Found Love," which was filmed in Belfast and Bangor in 2011.
While Topshop had a license from the photographer, the fashion company had no license from Rihanna.
Rihanna was not present at the court to hear the ruling, Christianity Today.
Topshop said the judgment "surprised and disappointed" the company.
"We robustly dispute the Judge's conclusion," it said, adding: "There was no evidence of consumer confusion to support the Judge's conclusion."
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