LONDON, July 31 Barbadian singer Rihanna on
Wednesday won a legal case against British fashion chain Topshop
over the use of her image on T-shirts it sold without her
High Court Judge Birss ruled in Rihanna's favour following a
four-day hearing earlier this month.
In March last year Topshop, which is owned by billionaire
Philip Green's Arcadia Group, started selling a T-shirt with an
image of Rihanna on it.
The image was a photograph taken by an independent
photographer in Northern Ireland while Rihanna was filming a
music video. Topshop had a licence from the photographer but no
licence from Rihanna.
In his judgement Birss said "a substantial number" of
purchasers were likely to be deceived into buying the T-shirt
because of a false belief that it has been authorised by
"I find that Topshop's sale of this Rihanna T-shirt without
her approval was an act of passing off. I find for the
claimants," he said.
Topshop was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Paul Sandle)