She just can't catch a break with this one, can she?!
Rihanna is once again facing legal trouble for the music video for her single, S&M, just four months after David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit claiming she ripped off his work!
Apparently, 19-year-old Phillipp Paulus has alleged that a sequence in the clip, which featured the pop star held against a wall with plastic wrape and black tape in X-marks, directly rips off a series of fashion photos he did called Paperworld!
They attempted to settle with Universal Music Group, but after the agreement fell apart, Paulus now plans to sue.
His lawyer, Philip Jakober, explains:
"In the relevant video-scenes of the music-video 'S&M' are essentially the basics of the copyright protected achievements and creations of our client."
And Paulus himself asserts:
"Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible to me. While I really respect Rihanna's talents as a musician, nevertheless it is important to respect the creations of others, even young talents, and not to copy their work without legitimacy for earning money with it in order to make money."
Check out a snap from the video compared to one of the alleged photos (above)!
Yeah…regardless of whether this was intentional or not, we think it might be best if RiRi gets herself a creative director next time!
Nip these problems in the bud, gurl!
Tags: copyright infringement, david lachapelle, lawsuit, music video, paperworld, philip jakober, phillip paulus, riri, s and m, universal music group