Recording artist Rihanna is going to court to protect her likeness!
Rihanna has hired international law firm Reed Smith to represent her in her lawsuit against Topshop in London. The British retail giant Topshop, headed by billionaire Sir Philip Green, is being sued for $5 million for selling T-shirts bearing Rihanna’s image without her permission.
Her team tried to negotiate with Topshop owners, Arcadia Group, for almost a year over the rights to her image, “but they offered her $5,000 and said they don’t care.”
The New York Post‘s ‘source’ says, “Even though the UK laws don’t protect the artist, she has decided to move forward and sue Topshop. She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it’s the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong.”