The Rihanna T Shirt Saga Continues...

As we covered earlier this year, Rihanna made some waves in the merch community with her lawsuit against UK shirt seller TopShop, who was selling a shirt with her picture, without her permission. As you likely know, unofficial shirts with silhouettes and images of artists appear for sale everywhere. The main legal barrier being that the photographer or image creator owns the right to the content, not the subject. So what made this case different? According to the 16 page ruling, there are a few things  First, TopShop is 'established', and not some miscellaneous street merchant or eBay seller. Next, the image used was taken during filming for the video "We Found Love". You can see the point in the video here where Rihanna is wearing the same outfit which appears is on the shirt in question.In this case, it could have been construed by the consumer, that this was an official Rihanna shirt meant to market this particular song or music video. The kicker?  Now the courts are ordering TopShop to pay Rihanna's legal fees, which are close to $1 million dollars.  If you're looking for this particular banned Rihanna shit, or another Rihanna shirt, you know where you can find them. If you're looking for guaranteed official Rihanna apparel, head on over to her online store here. Have some thoughts or words on this one?  

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