Rihanna T-shirt case: Paul Joseph speaks

Earlier today the Court of Appeal, England and Wales, upheld the decision of Mr Justice Birss in Fenty & Others v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd (t/a Topshop) & Another [2013] EWHC 2310 (Ch) -- the "Rihanna T-shirt" case which has attracted a good deal of attention among both lawyers and the public at large.

JIPLP is delighted that one of our Editorial Board members, Paul Joseph, was invited by the BBC to deliver an authoritative comment on this ruling: you can see Paul on the BBC video clip if you click here and scroll down a bit.

JIPLP has taken an interest in this instructive passing off action, publishing a Current Intelligence note by Darren Meale, "Passing off: Rihanna's face on a T-shirt without a licence? No, this time it's passing off" (abstract and details here). A subsequent Current Intelligence note "Boop oop a doop—protection for cartoon image of Betty Boop" by Jeremy Blum and Nicholas Round makes substantial reference to the Rihanna case. You can access their note on this weblog here.

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