Rihanna wins big
Barbadian international pop star Rihanna will be singing all the way to the bank following a big win against British High Street apparel giant Topshop.
Rihanna sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for US$5 million after it sold sleeveless t-shirts bearing her image without her permission.
Back in 2013, a High Court judge ruled in Rihanna’s favour, on the grounds that consumers would buy the item on the “false belief” that Rihanna had approved it.
Topshop appealed the ruling arguing that it was wrong to assume that only a celebrity may ever market his or her own image.
But three Appeal Court judges disagreed and upheld the ruling. They however made it clear the ruling would not necessarily open the floodgates for similar claims.