Did Rihanna’s “You Da One” Music Video Plagiarize Another Photographer?
Oh, dear. While it used to take at least a few days for pop stars to be accused of ripping off someone else’s work, it now takes only a matter of hours. Beyonce has been oft-criticized for generously borrowing from other people’s artistic visions, and Rihanna found herself at the wrong end of a lawsuit because her “S&M” video was a little too inspired by the works of renowned photographer David LaChappelle. Now there’s already accusations that her “You Da One” video rips off a 2008 shoot by Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo — and the evidence really doesn’t look to be in Rihanna’s favor. See some comparisons below.
So the real question is: do pop stars have the right to blatantly copy famous photographers, even when most fans will probably assume the video’s artistic vision is original and unique?
Take a look at more potentially incriminating photos, and tell us what you think below.