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Rihanna Topshop t-shirt victory

Rihanna has won her High Court battle with Topshop after accusing the fashion chain of passing off, or attempting to pass off, t-shirts bearing the singer's image as being approved by her.

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Sale of Topshop t-shirts 'damaged Rihanna's goodwill'

Mr Justice Birss said Topshop's sale of a Rihanna T-shirt at the centre of the dispute was an act of " passing off".

But he said the "mere sale" of a T-shirt bearing the image of a famous person was not necessarily an act of "passing off".

Rihanna was successful in her High Court battle with fashion chain Topshop. Credit: Press Association

He said a "substantial number" of buyers were likely to have been deceived into buying the Rihanna T-shirt because of a "false belief" that it had been authorised by the singer.

The judge said that was damaging to her "goodwill" and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the "fashion sphere".

He said it was for the singer not Topshop to choose what garments the public thought were endorsed by her.

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