Friday, 17 May 2013
Rihanna Sues UK firm Topshop $5M for Using her Image to sell Shirts.
Bad Girl Riri Rihanna has sued a Firm in the United Kingdom ,Topshop a british Retail Giant company — Owned by billionaire Sir Philip Green pictured above — for $5 million for selling T-shirts bearing her image without her consent.
According to New York Post Rihanna ’s team had tried to negotiate with Topshop owners Arcadia Group for eight months over the rights to her image, “but they offered her $5,000 and said they don’t care.”
So Rihanna hired a law firm Reed Smith to file the suit in London.
“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.
NY says said, “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.
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.”