Rihanna - Rihanna wins legal battle against Topshop
Rihanna emerged victorious in her court hearing with Topshop today (31.07.13) over their use of an unapproved image of her face on one of their T-shirts.
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 $5 million (£3.3m) 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 this morning (31.07.13) at London's High Court, it was ruled the fashion retailer duped fans and may have damaged her reputation.
In a two-minute statement, Judge Mr. Justice Bliss said in a two-minute judgement: ''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.''
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''.