Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.
According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.
In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.
But the tank Topshop is selling is perfectly legal, according to copyright experts. Rihanna doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on as long as a clothing manufacturer purchases the license from the photographer to use her photo on clothing.
Maybe that’s why she posted this photo on her Instagram page today.
The photo shows Rihanna wearing a t-shirt with text that reads, people should be “free to create, free to sell and free to wear whatever they want, without any constraints.”
At least she’s being a good sport about losing the court case and paying Topshops’s attorney fees.
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