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Pop Star Rihanna Wins Image Battle

In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Rihanna performs in Perth, Australia during the first concert of the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. Thai authorities arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during her recent trip to Thailand, officials said Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, two weeks after an Instagram photo of her with a protected primate led to the arrest of other two men. (AP Photo/Lee Griffith, File)
In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Rihanna performs in Perth, Australia during the first concert of the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. (AP Photo/Lee Griffith, File)

(BBC) – Singer Rihanna has won a legal battle against high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.

The Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling a sleeveless T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without obtaining her permission.

In the first successful celebrity case of its kind, three appeal judges agreed marketing the item without Rihanna’s approval amounted to “passing off”.

In other words, the unauthorised image was damaging to Rihanna’s brand.

The star sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for $5m (£3.3m) back in 2013 over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011.

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