Dave LaChapelle Lawsuit Against Rihanna Moves Forward
Posted on Fri Jul 22, 2011 02:56 PM PDT

rihanna072211_230.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The lawsuit famed photographer Dave LaChapelle filed against Rihanna is moving forward.

Back in February, LaChapelle claimed that Rihanna's "S&M" music video "is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works," based on its “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting."

Rihanna and LaChapelle have worked together in the past, and the singer reportedly asked directors to create a "LaChapelle-esque" video for her song, even giving them a storyboard that including some of his prints.

The US District Court in New York City refused to dismiss the copyright claim, so the photographer can now continue to develop his lawsuit.

In her decision, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin wrote:

    "Both works share the frantic and surreal mood of women dominating men in a hypersaturated, claustrophobic domestic space. Thus, I find that an ordinary observer may well overlook any differences and regard the aesthetic appeal of “Striped Face” and the “Pink Room Scene” as the same."

A pre-trial date has been set for August 10.