They were accused of stealing artwork for the ‘All The Stars’ video
The pair were accused of stealing artwork from British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor for their video for the track.
Viktor was reportedly contacted by representatives from Marvel about the possibility of using her creations in November 2016 and December 2017, but she ultimately declined their offers on both occasions.
However, it is claimed that images bearing a distinct similarity to those from her ‘Constellations’ series appeared in the video for ‘All The Stars’ at the 2.59 mark.
“The infringement of Ms. Viktor’s rights is willful and egregious,” Viktor’s lawyer Christopher Robinson told the New York Times during the initial suit. “Why would they do this? It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence—that’s the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists.”
According to the lawsuit, the visual artist was also not entitled to any profits from the song because “common sense and logic dictate that the alleged 19-second use of the artwork in the video” is completely unrelated to the success of the song.
Now Pitchfork reports that as of December 21, SZA and Kendrick have settled with Viktor, according to court documents.
The case is now closed with all claims dismissed.
The soul legend passed away back in August at the age of 76 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Titled ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’, the show will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, January 13. It’ll be hosted by Tyler Perry and will broadcast later on in the year on American channel CBS.