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Rihanna wins legal action against Topshop over T-shirt.

POP star Rihanna has won a legal battle with high street store Topshop over a T-shirt with her image.

The Court of Appeal upheld a ban on the store selling a Rihanna "tank" sleeveless T-shirt without her permission.

Three appeal judges agreed with an earlier High Court ruling that marketing the fashion item without the 26-year-old singer's approval amounts to "passing off", a term used to enforce unregistered trademark rights. Topshop lawyers had urged the appeal judges - Lord Justice Richards, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Underhill - to rule that High Court judge Mr Justice Birss had misunderstood the law on celebrity merchandising.

The three judges unanimously dismissed the Topshop appea. In the lead judgment Lord Justice Kitchin ruled Mr Justice Birss "was entitled to find that the sale by Topshop of the T-shirt amounted to passing off".


Rihanna took legal action against high street store Topshop after they <Bsold a T-shirt bearing her image - but without the singer's permission

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 23, 2015
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