Thursday, 1 August 2013

"Topshop set for £3m windfall after it wins High Court battle with singer Rihanna for using its logo on a T-shirt"

From The Daily Mail

* Retailer said it could harm reputation with customers who assume it is 'approved'
* Rihanna said she had bought licence for image - downloaded from the Internet
* Singer told court Topshop's team requested clothes after writ was issued
* High Court judge Justice Birss found in the retailer's favour today
* Rihanna says she intends to appeal and finds ruling 'perplexing'

Clothing giant Topshop today won a High Court fight with pop superstar Rihanna for wearing an T-shirt with their logo on it in a case that could be worth £3million.

The store claimed the ‘unendorsed’ T-shirt with a photograph of one of their stores with the logo clearly visible may have damaged their image because customers could have thought it was genuine merchandise.
Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, who sued under the trading name Topshop, claimed they are is entitled to damages from the Barbadian star, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, over the unauthorised use of the image.

Rihanna disputed their claim but Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled in their favour today after a hearing in London, but will decide on damages at a later date.