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Rihanna being sued over video

American artist James Clar has started a legal battle with Rihanna, accusing the pop singer of plagiarism.

The point of contention is a prop used in Rihanna’s 2010 video ROCKSTAR 101, which resembles Clar’s installation You & Me, presented in Memphis in 2006.

The prop used in Rihanna’s video ROCKSTAR 101

In Clar’s piece, neon tubes spelling “you” are stuck to the ceiling and support more tubes, which read “me.” The object used in the music video functions according to the same system, but spells the words “rock” and “star” instead.

According to the QdA, the complaint was submitted to Paris’ Grand Instance Court using a direct committal procedure.

Clar’s lawyer Me Michel Dutilleul-Francoeur says the sculpture You & Me is a unique artwork, which has been reproduced and showcased without authorization from its author. In his view (and his client’s), Rihanna’s prop is thus a counterfeit.

James Clar, You & Me (2006)

This isn’t the first time the singer find herself embroiled in a plagiarism case. In 2011, photographer David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit against her, alleging that her video S&M was directly inspired by some of his Italian Vogue shots. The case was settled privately.

Filing the case in France was a canny move from Clar. According to the lawyer: “French laws on plagiarism are more favorable in France than in the US.”

An official reason also backs the claim: Rihanna’s video was published on the French site, which is run by a French company.

Clar is now seeking US$6.64 million in damages for each viewing of the video. It has been removed from the site.(

2 Responses to Rihanna being sued over video

  1. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha June 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Gossip and bad news sells

  2. DeAmour Murrell
    DeAmour Murrell June 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This is an international news story. What does it have to do with Bajans supporting each other/negative/positive etc. It’s a news story. News is not about being anybody’s support or friend


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