Remember when every Tom, Dick and Harry wore a tee with Rihanna's face on it from the Rated R art work? It was seemingly never an issue for the artist, but she's now successfully sued Topshop for $5 million (£3.3m) for printing tees with an image of her on the set of the 'We Found Love' video shoot. The BBC reported this morning:

"Her lawyers told the High Court in London the fashion chain duped fans and may have damaged her reputation."

RiRi won the case with the judge concluding:

"However, I find that Topshop's sale of this T-shirt was an act of passing off."

Perhaps Rihanna's underlying reasoning for making the legal case lies with her line at River Island, one of Topshop's main competitors on the British high street. RIHver Island (sorry I had to) is her exclusive stamp on the British high-street: her designs, her vision and her input. It's the one store you can go to and find Rihanna's heart and soul printed on the apparel; Topshop's attempt at using her image for sales, in court, resulted in the conclusion of the apparent deception of their customers.

A good tactical move on the fashion mogul's legal team I think. RIHver Island, for now, will remain the only major high street chain to have her image stamped on their brand.

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