Rihanna sued by fashion photographer LaChapelle over copycat S&M video

Within days of Rihanna releasing her new single, “S&M”, the artist had already been hit by controversy over the song title and provocative lyrics, with BBC Radio One censoring the words S&M, whips and chains. Adding to injury it has now been announced that fashion photographer David LaChapelle has filled a million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against the video, suing Rihanna, her record label, the video’s director and the production company for plagiarising his work. (more…)

Givenchy sues BCBG

Givenchy is suing BCBG for “trade dress infringement”. The luxury fashion house has accused the French label of copying its grey Nightingale bag and of “unfair competition”.

BCBG’s Remembrant handbag has been described as a “knock off” by Givenchy. Legal documents, uncovered by SheFinds, state the bag “unlawfully copies and imitates” and may confuse customers into thinking the BCBG style is related to the original Givenchy design.

“[The handbag] is likely to cause consumers, the public, and the trade to erroneously believe that [BCBGeneration’s bags] are authorised, sponsored, and/or approved by Givenchy when, in fact, they are not,” reads Givenchy’s legal statement.

Source: Vogue UK

Madonna faces lawsuit over Material Girl

Madonna is facing a lawsuit over her new Material Girl collection sold exclusively through Macy’s

Executives at clothing manufacturer LA Triumph, Inc (I couldn’t find their website…) claim in a lawsuit that the company has been trading under the Material Girl banner since 1997, and insist Madonna’s range causes “deception” and “confusion in the marketplace”, according to papers obtained by

LA Triumph bosses have asked a judge to ban Madonna from any further use of the trademark as well as demanding they receive all profits the line has garnered so far, reports the site.

Yeh, good luck with that. Obviously the name of Madonna’s youth-targeted label is inspired by her 1985 hit, “Material Girl”, outdating LA Triumph, Inc by twelve years. You can’t deny, it’s a nice bit of easy publicity for them though.