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Rihanna Served ‘S&M’ Lawsuit…Again

It’s disappointing to know that Rihanna is running into legal problems for what I think is one of her best videos to date.  After landing in hot water with David LaChapelle for her “S&M” video, she’s once again in trouble; this time with photographer Phillip Paulus who is suing the LOUD singer for copyright infringement.

He claims that she replicated “Paperworld,” his series of photographs, without his permission.  He’s talking about the scene where she’s covered in plastic and surrounded by photographers.  Check the side by side comparison below:



Phillip Paulus’ attorney released the following statement:

“For legitimate reasons the use of copying Paulus’ work over a million times requires an agreement that protects the copyright and the achievements and creations of our client which has never been given by our client, neither to the artist Rihanna nor to her label Universal Music…According to this, the copyright laws of our client has been infringed and the worldwide million-wise exploitation of the video ‘S&M’ is unlawful.”

Paulus also released his personal statement:

“Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible for me,” Paulus said. “To create new things within the creative cosmos, you can only expect this to come from a real genius, there is no doubt about that.”

“…Every other creative professional should realize how supremely embarrassing it is to copy the work of colleagues from the artistic world and then to be praised for it.”

Click HERE for more info on the first lawsuit.  This is not a good look, RiRi.


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