Rihanna Vs. Topshop: Execution Cannot Be Pardoned

Rihanna Vs. Topshop: Execution Cannot Be Pardoned
Rihanna Vs. Topshop: Execution Cannot Be Pardoned
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Video: Rihanna Wins Topshop Image Rights Fight 2023, February
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The singer, who won the first leg of her trial against Topshop, is in danger of seeing the company's lawyers again. At least Geoffrey Hobbs of Topshop is adamant that he can prove that Riannah's team is misinterpreting British law. The T-shirt again became the cause of the scandal, which threatens to drag on for several months. Perhaps, in the theater of dramatic actions of modern times, this piece of clothing, which has aroused indignation almost since its inception, is worth highlighting the royal box. No other thing has ever caused such controversy, has not given rise to such lawsuits, has not acquired such an odious fame.

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By releasing T-shirts with the image of Riannah without direct agreement with the singer, Topshop doomed themselves to a scandal, a lawsuit and an order to immediately withdraw the goods from sale in all branches of the chain - this was exactly the order supported by the Royal Court, which listened to both sides for two days. Riannah's lawyers were more convincing, but the battle they won turned out to be just the beginning of the war. Topshop does not intend to give up, and is now appealing to specific British legislation that does not allow media people to control the use of their image in popular culture, regardless of what it is about - from cartoons to retail.

Among other things, British law is precedent, which means that if Topshop cannot defend their innocence and rights in court, any other celebrities - from Daniel Retcliff to Elizabeth II - will have the opportunity to influence how fans, artists and sellers of clothing and merchandise use their pictures. … This threatens the collapse of the entire souvenir industry, which produces thousands of "God save the Queen" T-shirts and shoe bags with Harry Potter. A simple T-shirt could not only hurt Topshop, but it could completely change the British fashion industry, sending fans of postmodernism and old-school punk out of the way for several years.

I wonder if the resonance would have been the same if Riannah had appeared, for example, on socks or slippers?

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