Rihanna has won a lawsuit against Topshop after taking the retailer to the High Court claiming unauthorised use of her image.
The Guardian reports that Rihanna accused Topshop of attempting to pass off t-shirts bearing a photograph of the singer from her We Found Love single campaign as products authorised by her and took them to court for $5 million (£3.3 million).
Vogue reports that Rihanna claimed the image used, taken from the single's video, was "very similar" to that of the artwork and this was misleading to customers in thinking it was genuinely endorsed merchandise.
Topshop denied such claims and says it bought the photograph licence as necessary. Its lawyers argued Rihanna that isn't legally able to make a monopoly on how her character is marketed.
Judge Mr Justice Birrs ruled that the sale of the products in question was an act off passing off in this instance and represented a loss of control of the artist's reputation in the fashion arena.
He noted that there was "no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image. The taking of the photograph is not suggested to have breached Rihanna's privacy.
"The mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not, without more, an act of passing off. However, the sale of this image of this person on this garment by this shop in these circumstances is a different matter. I find that Topshop's sale of this Rihanna T-shirt without her approval was an act of passing off."
Justice Birss, ruled that a "substantial number" of buyers were likely to have been deceived into buying the T-shirt because of a "false belief" that it had been approved by the singer.