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RiRi Gets Sued AGAIN For S&M Music Video!

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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!

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18 comments to “RiRi Gets Sued AGAIN For S&M Music Video!”

  1. 1

    That's because it was ripped off. You have to understand that the "artists" (I use that term very loosely. Because my 5 year old finger paints, and by todays standards he is now an "epic artist") today surround themselves with self described 'creative directors' who talk the talk with nothing to back it up except for a giant con. It's terrible. They are uneducated (smart, just uneducated. Smart in that they've managed to con their way into these artists lives) con artists that steal a ton of intellectual property knowing that most people around them have no idea what they're stealing because they, too, are uneducated and don't know any better. Soon enough this will happen over and over again and these smaller record labels that employ mostly uneducated "posse" type of gophers, will have to start seriously looking at educated staff. People like Sean Combs (or whatever he calls himself this week) BLATENTLY rip things off and have become rich by doing so. They have, for the most part, no talent, but have the money and foresight to pay for the rights to use the creative property of other individuals.

  2. 2

    those shots are almost identical. This seems indefensible on her part.

  3. 3

    damn why is not gaga being sued? she copied madonna and many others, bitch get away with everything

  4. luvu2 says – reply to this


    I'm so happy to see the rich and famous finally being called out on their bullsh**.Hopefully this becomes a trend. plagiarism is not ok.

  5. 5

    who ever suggested there was ANYTHING "original" or talented about her?

  6. 6

    I see you're not bragging about being in that video anymore, Perez !

  7. 7

    Okay, I think this is all getting a little ridiculous… The black x and plastic wrap is from S&M originally… so whoever decided to wrap people up in plastic and put black electrical x's should get money from everyone who's ever done it from that point on? Where does it end? Do people on the street get sued for wearing the same outift as someone else? It just really seems completely over the top…..

  8. ick says – reply to this


    They pour all this money into an artist with zero talent. Must suck being a fool cuz that's what you get when you create something out of nothing.

  9. 9

    who cares like it was rihannas idea, it was her people, people sue for no reason, not like that other video made any money haha

  10. 10

    I don't blame Paulus! It's blatanly obvious that it was ripped off. Come on…these are supposed to be professionals. If they want to draw from someone else's work, then get permission, pay them, and credit them! The majority of artists don't mind their ideas being used as long as they're rightfully compensated. This is their living! It's not rocket science.

  11. 11

    Perez what exactly is plastic wrape?? LEARN TO PROOF!!!

  12. 12

    I don't know about this one, but it's obvious she copied David LaChapelle…

  13. 13

    She's pulling a GAGA!!

  14. 14

    I seriously doubt RiRi came up with the entire concept herself lol.

  15. Coqi says – reply to this


    Why is this not an "homage" like Gaga's "interpretations" of…oh absolutely everything she does from the time her eyes open?

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  17. 17

    plastic wrape?? wth?

  18. 18

    You can't fucking copyright taping someone to a wall. Dude needs to get over himself.