Court backs ruling in Rihanna T-shirt case

Pop star Rihanna’s victory in a legal case against Topshop over the use of her image has been upheld by Britain’s Court of Appeal, which backed an earlier judgment against the British fashion chain.

Three years ago Topshop, owned by billionaire Philip Green’s Arcadia Group, started selling a T-shirt with an image of Rihanna on it without her permission.

Rihanna, full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, took Topshop to court over the matter, and in 2013 a judge ruled in her favour, saying shoppers could be deceived into buying the T-shirt, wrongly believing it was authorised by the Barbadian singer.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal dismissed Topshop’s appeal against that decision, finding that the retailer had infringed Rihanna’s rights by selling the item without her approval.

The image was a photograph taken by a freelance photographer in Northern Ireland while Rihanna was filming a music video.

– Reuters

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