That’s right, famed photographer David LaChapelle’s copyright violation case against the “S&M” singer will be heading to court.
The celebrity snapper sued the star earlier this year over allegations her controversial promo, which was banned in 11 countries across the world, was “directly derived” from some of his images.
The case went to court in New York and in a ruling released on Thursday U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin noted alleged similarities between the music video and LaChapelle’s work and paved the way for the lawsuit to go to trial.
Judge Scheindlin dismissed LaChapelle’s claims of trade-dress infringement, unfair competition and unjust enrichment, but allowed him to proceed with his allegation of copyright violation.
A conference between the parties is scheduled for August 10th. [SOURCE]
If you aren’t aware of the
blatant biting uncanny similarities, peep them here. I definitely think LaChapelle has a valid case, I just wonder if all of the blame will be placed on Rihanna? It’ll be interesting to see if Melina (the video’s director) faces any legal action as well.