Rihanna Faces Lawsuit
Rihanna is being sued by a 19-year-old French photographer due to images that were used in the singer's “S&M” music video. Philipp Paulus claims there are several images from clip that are very similar to pictures featured in a photography book that featured his work.
"For legitimate reasons the use of copying Paulus' work over a million times requires an agreement that protects the copyright and the achievements and creations of our client which has never been given by our client, neither to the artist Rihanna nor to her label Universal Music," said Paulus' attorney in a document posted on RadarOnline "According to this, the copyright laws of our client has been infringed and the worldwide million-wise exploitation of the video S&M is unlawful."
"Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible to me," says Paulus. "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."
Rihanna's reps have not spoken publicly about the suit. It is unclear how much Paulus is seeking in damages.