David LaChapelle Wins Pre-Trial Ruling Against Rihanna

July 22, 2011

By David Walker

©David LaChapelle

Left: A still from Rihanna's video. Right: A photo by David LaChapelle.

A federal court has refused to dismiss David LaChapelle’s copyright claim against pop singer Rihanna over a music video with scenes allegedly copied from several of LaChapelle’s images. The ruling, by the US District Court in New York City, means the photographer’s claim can now go to trial. LaChapelle filed suit in February, alleging that some scenes from the video...

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