Kendrick Lamar and SZA being sued over "All The Stars" video
Kendrick Lamar and SZA are being sued over their "All The Stars" music video which is a cut off the Black Panther soundtrack.
According to the New York Times, a British-Liberian artist named Lina Iris Viktor, has accused the rapper and SZA of using some imagery in the video which violated the copyright of her artwork. The video features a 19-second segment which begins around the 2:59 mark and apparently bears a striking similarity to her gold-patterned work.
Viktor claims that she turned down Marvel representatives after they approached her about the possibility of using her artwork in November 2016 and December 2017.
In a letter sent to the head of Top Dawg Entertainment, a lawyer representing Viktor states that the offending section of the video: “incorporates not just the immediately-identifiable and unique look of her work, but also many of the specific copyrightable elements in the ‘Constellations’ series of paintings, including stylised motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background and distinctively textured areas and patterns, arrayed in a grid-like arrangement of forms.”
The case has now gone to court, and Viktor is suing for damages as well as an injunction to stop her artwork being used to promote the movie's soundtrack.
Lamar executively produced the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios movie, which smashed the box office during its opening week.
The Black Panther soundtrack was released this month on February 9.
Full tracklist below:
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Black Panther’
Watch the official music video for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All The Stars," below:
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