Kendrick Lamar and singer SZA are being sued over their “All The Stars” music video, according to TMZ.
The lawsuit was filed by British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor, who previously accused the pair of using her artwork without permission in the video for the hit “Black Panther” track.
According to the New York Times, Viktor said that representatives from Marvel previously contacted her in November 2016 and December 2017 regarding using her artwork in the movie, but she decided to decline their offers. However, it is said that images in the music video bear a striking resemblance to Vicktor’s “Constellations” series.
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“All The Stars” was the first single released from the “Black Panther” soundtrack, which Lamar curated and produced alongside Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony Tiffith, and the music video has already racked up over 27 million views on YouTube.
Viktor’s lawyer, Christopher Robinson, previously sent a letter to Tiffith making him aware of the copyright infringement, reports the Times. However, in a new statement released to Pitchfork, Robinson said: “We tried to resolve this without litigation. Now that we are in Court, we are confident that Ms. Viktor will prevail.”
The suit claims that the video features 19 seconds of footage which “incorporates not just the immediately-identifiable and unique look of [Viktor’s] 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.”
Speaking to the Times, Viktor said: “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.”
In addition to damages, TMZ reports that Viktor is asking that Lamar and SZA refrain from using her artwork to promote the song.
The soundtrack for the smash hit superhero movie has previously been praised for its inclusion of South African singers and rappers. It is said that Lamar himself handpicked four South African artists to feature on the record, including Babes Wodumo, Saudi, Yugen Blakrok, and Sjava.
Representatives for Lamar have yet to comment on the copyright issue.
“Black Panther” is currently showing at movie theatres.