Photographer Philipp Paulus files lawsuit and injunction against the singer
Philipp Paulus, a 22-year-old photographer from Germany, claims portions of the video for Rihanna’s 2010 single were copied from his fashion photography series, Paperworld. He originally launched legal action against the singer and her record company, Universal Music Group, who produced the video, in 2011.
Now Paulus has now filed for damages and for an injunction. His lawyer, copyright specialist Philip Jakober, told a court in Stuttgart, Germany, where the case is being heard, that the record label had admitted there were similarities between the two bodies of work but had not made an acceptable offer to settle the matter out of court.
“The ludicrous thing about this situation is that Universal Music has for some time been bringing about a wave of lawsuits against end users for copyright infringements, yet as far as our case is concerned the usage from the photo series ‘Paperworld’ by Philipp Paulus in the music video ‘S&M’ is a serious and worldwide infringement of copyright, which is the responsibility of Universal Music,” commented Jakober on the case.
If the case is won by Paulus, Universal could be banned from broadcasting the video via any medium across the world.