The positive artist Lina Iris Viktor has agreed to settle a lawsuit she filed in opposition to Kendrick Lamar and the singer SZA saying their music video for “All the Stars,” a part of the “Black Panther” soundtrack, used her work with out permission.
Viktor, a British-Liberian artist, was approached twice by representatives of the film asking if her work might be used within the movie or as a part of its promotion. After deeming the settlement too restrictive, she mentioned no.
Nonetheless, a part of the video “is so clearly a copy of the artists’s work,” in accordance to the criticism, which was filed in federal courtroom in New York in February. Viktor sued for a portion of the earnings from the sale of the one and the film’s soundtrack.
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In Viktor’s “Constellation” series, golden geometric shapes float against a black background, creating a textured pattern. In one painting, a black female figure is positioned at the front, parts of her body painted in gold. In the “All the Stars” video, Lamar walks through a sea of golden geometric shapes floating against a black background, past women draped in gold.
“The Infringing Video and the Movie promotes (and profits from) themes of black and female empowerment and the end of racist and gender exploitation, themes particularly topical in the current environment,” the complaint said. “Yet, in a bitter irony, the Defendants have ignored the wishes of the Artist, herself a Black African woman, whose life’s work is founded on an examination of the political and historical preconceptions of ‘blackness,’ liberation and womanhood.”
A settlement agreement was reached in principal on Dec. 20, according to court filings, and the parties have 45 days to finalize the details.
Christopher Robinson, the lawyer who represents Ms. Viktor, said he could not discuss the terms of the settlement.
Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, founder of the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, which represents Viktor, said in an email that her client was satisfied with the terms of the deal. “I hope Lina will stand as an example for other artists regarding the importance of protecting their creations,” she said.
A representative for Lamar and SZA did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
The “Black Panther” movie has been both a cultural phenomenon, breaking ground in many ways, as well as an enormous moneymaker. It has pulled in $1.35 billion worldwide this year.
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