Rihanna wins ban over Belfast snap

Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
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Rihanna has won a permanent ban against clothing chain Topshop, after she sued the company over the use of her image on a t-shirt, which was taken while she was in Belfast.

Rihanna wins ban over Belfast snap
The image of the singer was taken while she was in Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

The 'Rihanna Tank' shirts featured an image which was taken by a freelance photographer 'without her permission' while the singer was filming a video for her single We Found Love while in Northern Ireland in 2011.

The image of Rihanna, in a cropped denim top and shorts with a headscarf, was taken when she was in the New Lodge area of Belfast.

In the latest ruling on Wednesday, the Umbrella hitmaker was granted an injunction preventing Topshop from using her image on products in the future.

Topshop chiefs were also ordered to pay Rihanna's estimated £919,000 legal fees, and told they must pay £200,000 of the costs within 14 days - but the judge gave brand bosses permission to appeal against the costs order.

In July, Rihanna won her battle against Topshop after case judge Mr Justice Birss ruled the company's sale of the T-shirt was an act of 'passing off' the item as endorsed products.

He added: "I accept that a good number of purchasers will buy the t-shirt without giving the question of authorisation any thought at all, in my judgment a substantial portion of those considering the product will be induced to think it is a garment authorised by the artist. The persons who do this will be the Rihanna fans."

Following the initial ruling Topshop said it is "surprised and disappointed" by the decision.

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