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Rihanna wins Topshop lawsuit

2013-07-31 18:56
Los Angeles - Rihanna has won her legal battle against Topshop.

The 25-year-old singer has successfully sued the high street chain's parent company Arcadia for $5m over using an "unflattering" image of her on their T-shirts without her consent, which was taken during her We Found Love music video shoot in 2011 and showed her with her hair tied up in a bandanna.

In a hearing on Wednesday at London's High Court, it was ruled the fashion retailer duped fans and may have damaged her reputation.

In a two-minute statement, the Judge ruled: "There is no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image.

"The mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not an act of passing off. However, I find that Topshop's sale of this T-shirt was an act of passing off."

Not approved by the pop star

He added that a "substantial number" of fans could have been deceived into buying it, thinking it was approved by the pop star which was damaging to her "goodwill" and was a loss of control of her reputation in the fashion world.

Tophsop's lawyers previously disputed the claims, saying the 25-year-old megastar was making an unjustifiable attempt to establish a "free-standing image right" over use of her picture in the UK.

Rihanna previously took offence to the "low-quality image" and also slammed the quality of the garments as "poor".

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