Monday, February 24, 2014

Rihanna Sued for Stealing Video Concept

Rihanna is being sued for plagiarizing famed photographer's work on her 2010 S&M Video.
Rihanna is in legal hot water once again over claims she plagiarized images for her 2010 “S&M,” music video.
The singer, who settled out of court with David LaChapelle in 2011 after he sued her for directly copying his work, is facing legal action from photographer Philipp Paulus for allegedly the same offense.
He claims that scenes of the raunchy video are almost identical to his set, production, and photos. His fashion series, “Paperworld,” features a woman held to the wall in plastic, taped with large “X” marks, an image similar to one that appears in the video.
German born, New York based Paulus has filed for an injunction and is asking for damages, after failing to settle out of court with the singer and Universal Music.
The copyright case will be tried in Stuttgart, Germany on April 15 with Paulus’ legal fees being paid for by Foris Legal Financing. If he wins, the video could be banned from YouTube and television.
In 2011, photographer David LaChapelle sued Rihanna and her label Def Jam for $1 million, alleging they copied images from a shoot he did for Italian Vogue for the video. They settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. “I like RiRi,” LaChapelle said at the time. “This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals.”
As reported by Page Six Monday, we’re told Rihanna has won a more than $10 million settlement from accountant Peter Gounis and the firm Berdon LLP after their bad advice caused her to almost go broke. She is expected to sign the settlement papers this week.
Reps for the star didn’t immediately get back to us.
Jacked from Page Six  


Its Miss Cunt to you hoes said...

These thirsty ass muthafukkas need to go somewhere with these stupid ass lawsuits, is their anything original in the music and movie industry NO!! they all copy from each other. this shit will be thrown out of court, as its not her that stole the concept but the people in charge of the video, singer rarely have artistic control over how a video shoot is going to be filmed.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this like YEARS old?? I remember hearing about this a looonnng time ago.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:14 exactly and Riri will be the first one to tell you that she does not write her music nor come up with video concepts, she just consults on her product and decides whether or not if she likes it, how the hell is she suppose to know it was jacked from someplace or someone else? I totally understand wanting to get credit for your ideas, but this ish is starting to get out of hand. Look at the frivolous lawsuit that Prince filed against his fans for posting his music on youtube, you would think a mofo would greatful that new generations are discovering his music, but he funny part is you didn't see him banning/suing in the other artist who clearly sampled his music, like Ginuwine's cover of when doves cry or any other covers.

Anonymous said...

Aint this old!??? Didnt all on this happen back then when the video came out????? I remember it! Why This being brought up on again

signwithclass said...

This news is as old as her video lol

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