Details just released that singer Rihanna has won a legal battle against high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.
The Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling a sleeveless T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without obtaining her permission. In the first successful celebrity case of its kind, three appeal judges agreed marketing the item without Rihanna’s approval amounted to “passing off”.
In other words, the unauthorized image was damaging to “Rihanna’s brand.”
The star sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for $5m back in 2013 over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011.
Rihanna’s rep said “it was damaging to her goodwill and represented a loss of control over Rihanna’s reputation in the “fashion sphere”.
Because Rihanna has an image problem to uphold, hmmm?