Photographer’s Lawsuit Against Rihanna Moves To Court

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. July 26, 2011: A photographer who claims Rihanna plagiarized copies of his work eight times throughout one of her most recent videos, has won a victory to date.

Judge Shira Scheindlin on Monday found David LaChapelle claims sufficient to support a charge of copying and set a pre-trial date for August 10 in the case of LaChapelle versus the sexy Grammy-winning Bajan singer.

The photographer claims Rihanna copied “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” in her controversial S&M video.

“This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals,” commented LaChapelle.