Is Rihanna Risking Another Copyright Fight?

Two months after she settled a copyright suit brought by photographer David LaChapelle, pop singer Rihanna once again has the blogosphere in an uproar. Recently, a LiveJournal blog posted screenshots from her new video, “You Da One,” alongside images by photographer Sølve Sundsbø. The scenes from the video show Rihanna in a bowl-cut wig wearing what appears to be a nude bodysuit with the shadows of various shapes projected on to her body. The shots are remarkably similar to editorial work Sundsbø has done, which Fashionista reported appeared in a 2008 issue of Numero magazine. Neither Rihanna nor Sundsbø, who is represented by Art+Commerce, have released statements regarding these latest accusations.

Earlier this year, Rihanna was sued by LaChapelle for copyright infringement, who claimed scenes from her video “S&M” borrowed heavily from various sadomasochistic images he’s made. The two reached an out-of-court settlement agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed.

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4 Responses to “Is Rihanna Risking Another Copyright Fight?”

  1. shahn Says:

    Why can’t you guys just show the picture here instead of making us search for it?

    Anyway, rihanna is just the puppet who does what others tell her to. Should go after the “creative” team behind her..

  2. Bryan Says:

    Perhaps another appropriated Rihanna video?

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  4. Robert Says:

    I love Solve’s work just as much as the next person. But let’s give credit where credit is due.

    Fernand Fonssagrives estate deserves any potential payout on this as it’s quite clear that Solve found his inspiration in earlier pieces of Fonssagrives…

    Regardless, both are great photographers in all respects.