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Pop star Rihanna wins Topshop T-shirt image battle

Singer Rihanna has won a legal battle with high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.

The Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling a sleeveless T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without obtaining her permission.

In the first successful celebrity case of its kind, three appeal judges agreed marketing the item without Rihanna's approval amounted to "passing off".

"Passing off" refers to the unauthorised used of a personal image.

Copyright solicitor Paul Joseph told the BBC's Clive Coleman: "The court was very keen to stress that there were particular facts that make Rihanna's case stronger than usual".

  • 22 Jan 2015
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