“Oh Na na What’s [Her] Name?” David LaChapelle Sues Rihanna Over Video images in “S&M” Music Video

In Fashion Law, Music Law by FASHIONENTLAW™

Oh na, na what’s [h]er name?” Whatever it is, famous fashion photographer David LaChapelle is not pleased with Rihanna. Rihanna just got slapped with a suit for allegedly using his photos for her music video “S&M” which is already quite controversial.

“NEW YORK — Pop star Rihanna’s lurid and brightly colored music video “S&M” was “directly derived” from pictures taken by prominent U.S. fashion photographer David LaChapelle, he said in a lawsuit made public on Monday (2/14/11).

LaChapelle, who has shot celebrities for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Vanity Fair, said “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.”

Yup! We’ve been here before. It’s called copyright infringement. Visit my FELA! Broadway article here to get the basic legal scoop i.e. info. on copyright law.


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