Entertainment Kendrick Lamar and SZA sued by artist over Black Panther music video

10:16  21 february  2018
10:16  21 february  2018 Source:   Cover Media

Lupita Nyong'o jokes about Black Panther support group

  Lupita Nyong'o jokes about Black Panther support group Lupita Nyong'o has joked the cast of 'Black Panther' needed a "support group" to deal with fan frenzy over the movie. The 34-year-old actress stars as Nakia in the hotly anticipated Marvel movie - which is set for release on Friday (16.02.18) - and has said that she and her fellow cast mates, including Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, were left overwhelmed by the reception the first trailer received over the summer.Speaking during a Twitter Q&A with her co-stars, Lupita said: "There was this #BlackPantherSoLit thing that was going on, and the memes and the gifs were so entertaining ...

Black Panther : The Album may be at the top of the Billboard charts, but now Kendrick Lamar and SZA are being sued over the video to one of its As reported by TMZ, British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor is suing Lamar and SZA over the video for "All the Stars," with Viktor claiming that the artists

Artist Lina Iris Viktor is suing Kendrick Lamar and SZA for allegedly reproducing a version of her original work in the music video for “All the Stars,” reports TMZ. The song is off Lamar ’s new critically well-received release Black Panther : The Album.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA are being sued by an artist who claims her artwork has been used in the video for their Black Panther song All the Stars without her permission.

British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor alleges that the video tries to recreate the "unique look and feel" of her fine art pieces, entitled Constellations I, Constellations II and Constellations III, while also using "specific copyrightable elements" such as "stylised motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns".

Viktor also claims that the decision to feature her pieces in the video came after she was contacted by representatives for Black Panther twice. According to the lawsuit, movie bosses got in touch in 2016 and in January (18), to ask her to either lend her work to the film or create something new for it. However, Viktor said no - which means their decision to use the pieces in the All the Stars video is "both an egregious violation of federal law and an affront to the artist, her livelihood, her legacy and to artists everywhere".

Reading and Leeds headliners announced

  Reading and Leeds headliners announced Reading and Leeds Festivals will see Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco headline.The four acts will perform at both Richfield Avenue in Reading, South England and Leeds' Bramham Park, North England, between August 24 and August 26, for what looks set to be one of the most diverse years in the festivals' history.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA just debuted the music video for their collaboration “All The Stars.” The vivid short has SZA dancing amongst the stars and Lamar being carried in a boat over a sea of people.

Black Panther : The Album ( Music from and Inspired By) Tracklist. 1. All The Stars (Album Version) by Kendrick Lamar & SZA Lyrics.

Viktor also pointed out the irony of the case in her suit - that Black Panther promotes the themes of black and female empowerment, yet she's a black, African woman and had her wishes ignored.

"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," she said during a telephone interview with The New York Times.

Kendrick Duckworth with collar shirt © Provided by Cover Media

She is suing for damages, and has requested the judge grant an injunction which would prevent Lamar and SZA from using her artwork to promote the movie soundtrack.

The suit comes after Viktor's lawyer Christopher Robinson sent a letter to Lamar's mentor and record label head, Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith, on Saturday, alerting him to the copyright violation and stating that Viktor was "willing to discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorised use and a license fee".

A new statement issued to Pitchfork by Viktor's legal team read: "We tried to resolve this without litigation. Now that we are in Court, we are confident that Ms. Viktor will prevail."

Tesco sorry for 'Dark Panther' costume gaffe .
Tesco has apologised after fans of Marvel blockbuster Black Panther questioned why a fancy dress outfit based on the character had been listed on its website as "Dark Panther".Despite the film making more than $704m (£504.1m) in just two weeks, the supermarket seemed unfamiliar with the superhero's name.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!