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Kendrick Lamar And SZA Get Sued By Artist Over ‘All The Stars’ Music Video
By Izza Sofia, 22 Feb 2018
Kendrick Lamar and SZA are reportedly being sued by British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor.
Viktor had claimed that her artwork was used without permission in their music video for All The Stars from the Black Panther soundtrack.
Viktor’s lawyer, Christopher Robinson, allegedly sent TDE’s Anthony Tiffith a letter, alerting him to the video’s copyright infringement, and requesting a discussion to resolve all of her claims. The letter also states that Viktor wanted “a public apology for the unauthorized use and a license fee.”
Now, TMZ reports that Viktor and her team are suing for damages in court. According to the court documents, the video borrows “specific copyrightable elements” from her paintings, including “stylized motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns.”
The suit not only looks to ban Lamar and SZA from promoting the video using the borrowed artwork, but also seeks damages.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Viktor’s lawyer said that the team had tried to resolve the case without litigation. However, now that the case has been brought to court, they are “confident that Ms. Viktor will prevail.”
In a recent Facebook post, Viktor wrote that she was “seeking justice.”
[via Pitchfork, opening image via Kendrick Lamar VEVO]
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