Back in the summer of 2013, pop star Rihanna was none too pleased to find her face splashed all over shirts sold by clothing retailer Topshop. Because while surely there are famous faces appearing on any number of items for sale, Rihanna didn’t give her permission to use a photo of her to shill shirts. And now, another court has agreed with her.
Let’s say you’re a famous person, beloved by your fans, with a face that they all know. Maybe you’re Rihanna, and you’re out shopping one day and oh hang on a minute — that’s your face, emblazoned on a piece of clothing. Only Rihanna didn’t give permission for her image to show up on a tank top sold by Topshop and was peeved to see herself looking back from the shirt. [More]
Over in ye olde Europe, shoppers with an eye for trendy clothing are very familiar with Topshop, which is one step up from say, H&M, but not as expensive as a traditional luxury department store. But Americans have been going without the popular chain in most parts of the country, which is why it’s teaming up with Nordstrom to bring its fashion offerings to the masses.