Sometimes fashion has it’s day in court and it’s not always great they win some or lose. It involves a major upset and trying to prove a point on the company or designer’s fault. I’ve been interested in the way fashion meets lawsuits for years. And over the last five years there’s been some big fashion lawsuits, between designers and copyright infringement.
They’re all working under one thing, copying or suing it plays a part within the fashion industry. Which isn’t always easy to deal with and so I wanted to bring awareness to this one that’s been in the news lately. It’s kind of Juicy and plays a big part if your into shopping at this store. But I think if it happened before with another celeb then maybe it was time to bring some attention to the issue.
Topshop is known for creating shirts or featuring shirts from other unknown designers that include statement graphic pics. Sometimes they include concerts images, artist, prints and celebs images so it’s always been a matter of street style then high fashion.
The overall issue at hand deals with licensing and the way copyright laws affect the artist as a whole. What I’ve gotten from the case so far, apparently this photo wasn’t one of her faves, it was considered unflattering and didn’t gain her approval.
Plus they didn’t ask for her permission to use the photo, and the shirt alone isn’t up to part in quality (aka cheap material). Since it’s owned by the photographer they thought it could be used, and since it was taken in public. Yet here’s the off issue: Topshop supposedly brought the photo from the photographer but “They do not pay the artist licensing fees.” (Interesting)
But it wasn’t okay because of the following she said “It’s the principle. Rihanna believed they are taking advantage of artists, that it’s just exploitation and what they are doing is wrong.” Overall it’s a case based in the U.K and their laws differ from ours regarding this type of lawsuit mainly they believe: That copyright of a photograph is owned by the photographer, not the person in the picture.
Of course these claims are indeed shocking and will be interesting to watch within the months. The big thing is how much she’s suing them for ~ a cool ($5 Million) if your following in the U.K it’s £3.5 Million.
I’m no lawyer but I often questioned how they splatter certain celebs on shirts? It’s always been something I wondered about, I scan shopping sites all the time and see shops like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 and ASOS featuring certain people or images.
It’s stunning to know that others had issues with licensing of their image. Yet this lawsuit might make other shopping sites cautious on screen printing famous people or concert images. This might always be an issue but it’s going to be interesting how this plays out in court since it was filed in March.
Thanks Again To Sites: ibtimes.co.uk, Huffington Post & Entertainment Wise!