Caribbean 360 is reporting that Bajan superstar Rihanna Fenty has won a lawsuit against British fashion retailer Topshop. Fenty sued the retailer for using her image on a t-shirt without her permission or approval.
The author writes:
“High Court Justice Colin Birss, who did not make an assessment of damages, ruled in favour of Rihanna, saying buyers were likely deceived in believing the singer had authorized the sale. ‘I am quite satisfied that many fans of Rihanna regard her endorsement as important. She is their style icon. Many will buy a product because they think she has approved of it. Others will wish to buy it because of the value of the perceived authorization itself. In both cases they will have been deceived,’ the judge said.
Topshop’s position is that Fenty was making an assumption that only celebrities can profit from their likeness. The retailer is considering appealing the decision.
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