Rihanna has won a four-year long court case against fashion retailer Topshop who put a photo of the pop star on a T-shirt without her permission or endorsement. Rihanna sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for $5.5million in damages maintaining that "only a celebrity may ever market his or her own character."
Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday apparently agrees with her as they upheld an earlier ruling that Topshop can't sell the shirt bearing the singer's image without her approval. The star's lawyers said the image was from an unauthorized photo taken while Rihanna was filming a video in Northern Ireland in 2011.
But Topshop's lawyers argued that retailers have used images of stars including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix over the decades, and that Rihanna was wrongly using the law. They lost.
|The controversial T-shirt on left, original photo|