Kendrick Lamar & SZA Sued For Stealing Artwork For ‘All The Stars’ Video
Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s music video for “All the Stars” currently has 26 million views on YouTube and has been seen by millions of eyes but according to artist Lina Iris Viktor, K. Dot and SZA ripped off her artwork.
Viktor is now suing for damages and wants an injunction prohibiting the rapper and SZA from using her artwork to promote the Black Panther soundtrack.
According to the artist, her fine art titled “Constellations I,” Constellations II” and “Constellations III” are being used in the song’s official music video without her permission, TMZ reports. Viktor says reps for the Black Panther movie contacted her twice to ask her to lend her work or create new work but she refused.
But art similar to her works were used in the video anyway, which Viktor calls “both an egregious violation of federal law and an affront to the artist, her livelihood, her legacy and to artists everywhere.”
The artist also claims the “All the Stars” video attempts to mimic the “unique look and feel” of her works but also uses “specific copyrightable elements” such as “stylized motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns.”
After being out for a week, Black Panther: The Album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the week ending on Feb. 15, the soundtrack moved 154,000 equivalent album units. According to Billboard, the numbers mark the “biggest week for a soundtrack—in terms of total units earned—in a year-and-a-half.”
It’s also not K. Dot’s first time being sued by another artist. In 2014, musicians Eric Reed and Willie Jones III claimed their song “The Thorn ” was ripped off by Kendrick for his track “Rigamortis.” The parties reportedly reached a settlement in 2015.