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Rihanna steals from David LaChapelle

21 February 2011 No Comment

Rihanna is being sued for copyright infringement by David LaChapelle. complaint below. LaChapelle is an artist and photographer. If you do not recognize his name, I am sure you know his brassy, hip, and edgy work. (See clip below.) He has helped transform the way pop culture is marketed in print advertisements, commercials, and, for our purposes, music videos. If you watch Rihanna’s music video, S&M, you will see that it has been duplicated and derived from Mr. LaChappelle’s work.

The suit, which asks for at least $1 million in damages, argues that the video is “directly derived from and substantially similar to” photographs (below) he has created and published that show, among other things, a dominatrix walking a chained man on a leash, a woman in latex headgear and another woman (Lady Gaga, to be precise) wearing only screaming headlines. In all, the suit claims, eight of Mr. LaChapelle’s images were used to create scenes in the video, which the suit calls a “willful, wanton and deliberate” infringement of his copyright protections. Source NYTimes

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