David LaChapelle Wins Pre-Trial Ruling Against Rihanna

A federal court has refused to dismiss David LaChapelles copyright claim against pop singer Rihanna over a music video with scenes allegedly copied from several of LaChapelles images. The ruling, by the US District Court in New York City, means the photographers claim can now go to trial.LaChapelle filed suit in February, alleging that some scenes from the video for Rihannas hit single called “S&M” are rip-offs of sadomasochistic images he has created and published over the years. According to LaChapelles claim, Rihanna asked various directors to create a “LaChapelle-esque video” for “S&M,” and provided a story board for the video actually included prints of some of LaChapelles photographs.

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