On one hand, Rihanna’s “S&M“ video lawsuit is headed to trial. On the other hand, you know it’s going to be the sexiest trial of all time. “I find that an ordinary observer may well overlook any differences and regard the aesthetic appeal…as the same,” judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in a response to photographer David LaChapelle‘s claim that RiRi’s video ripped off his work. Judge Scheindlin also decided that certain “angles, poses and lighting” could potentially violate copyright law, as well as remarked that Rihanna’s “fair use” defense of the video was “misguided,” though we would like to add it is also “very cool” and “made us want to buy a latex cocktail dress.
While some of his allegations were tossed out of court, LaChapelle’s primary claim of copyright infringement is now allowed to proceed to trial. Rihanna was also sued by photographer Phillip Paulus last month, also for claims of copyright infringement in the exact same view. Let’s hope no one has a copyright on underwear built out of gum balls and Legos, or Rihanna’s concert outfits are going to have her in front of a judge in no time.
Photographer Phillip Paulus is furious with Rihanna. Ã‚Â So much so, that he’s going to drag her into court. He’s accusing her of ripping off his ideas and using them in her S&M video! Apparently he has a series of fashion photographs called “Paperworld” which he claims have turned up, identical in each minute detail, in Ri-Ri’s video! His lawyers are taking the copyright infringement very seriously, which could mean big trouble for the singer.
Phillip isn’t shying away from talking about the screw up. He’s stated, “Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and staging, is incomprehensible for me. To create new things within the creative cosmos, you can only expect this to come from a real genius, there is no doubt about that.” And then comes the real blow which literally made us go “ouch:” “However, in this case there is no real genius who created their own work instead they stole ideas from a creative talent. Furthermore every other creative professional should realize how supremely embarrassing it is to copy the work of colleagues from the artistic world and then toÃ‚Â be praised for it.”
In Paulus’s Paperworld, there are images of a model wearing a flouncy gown pinned back by a sheet of plastic. She’s surrounded by black tape X’s on the wall that she’s pushed up against. The same imagery and placing is in Rihanna’s video as well. It depicts a model in a poofy gown trapped against a wall by a sheet of plastic, surrounded by big XÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made out of black tape. In it, Rihanna also wears a big dress and is constricted by a layer of plastic against a wall, with nearly identical XÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s around her. Uber-photog David LaChappelle has sued Rihanna as well, for the same video and the same copyright infringement issue. He claimed she appropriated the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of some of his work.