U.S. News | Rihanna and Puma Reportedly Being Sued For Copyright Infringement

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Recently, Freedom United Clothing filed a suit against Rihanna and Puma in a legal battle for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff claims that Rihanna ripped off their “FU” logo for her Fenty University merch without permission which has damage its reputation as the trademark registration was filed in 2006 and renewed in 2014.

The plaintiff also claims that the defendants creative director and brand ambassador was aware of the plaintiff logo because the defendant was photographed in one of their hoodies in 2014 and in 2007, Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, showed up at Freedom United’s launch party suggesting his awareness of their logo and potentially hers.

A cease and desist letter was sent to the defendant in January where Puma responded with a letter of its own and insisted the Fenty University logo wasn’t a rip-off because it’s written in a different font.

Puma alleges that the plaintiff trademark is not an unique trademark.

The plaintiff seeks order for permanent injunction and payment of all profits due.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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