Kendrick Lamar accused of stealing artwork for All The Stars video

Feb 15, 2018, 01:26
Kendrick Lamar accused of stealing artwork for All The Stars video

New York Times reports that the artist was approached by representatives from Marvel about using imagery from her Constellations series, but she ultimately declined. According to The New York Times, Viktor had been contacted twice by the film's creators for permission to feature her work; however, she decided not to participate. 'Why would they do this?

In comments made about the situation and the perceived infringement, Lina Iris Viktor has highlighted the fact that Black Panther is heavily framed as a movie about black empowerment and African pride, but she apparently looks at this situation as theft from a black artist. She points out the irony that a film that's been widely praised for its use of African culture is now allegedly stealing work from African artist. However, Viktor says that her work was stolen and used in the visual.

The latest film from Marvel Studios is unlike anything they've previously released, and the promotion for the movie has been unique as well with the release of a hip hop album curated by Kendrick Lamar. You'd be hard-pressed to find a film fan who hasn't uttered the words "excited" and "Black Panther" at some point in the last month and the phrase "hotly-anticipated" has been redefined in the run-up to its release, which is finally upon us.

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Nancy E. Wolff, a copyright lawyer who now serves as the president of the Copyright Society of the United States of America, says that the video's directors will likely argue that the images in the video are not exact copies.

"It's really tricky because style is not protected", Wolff added, "but I can see why everyone assumed this artist was involved".

The disputed portion of the "All the Stars" video is a 19-second-long segment (screenshotted at the top of this article) starting at the 2:59 mark, where Lamar walks behind a group of women posed in front of gold-patterned geometric shapes.

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It is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and expand on the storyline that was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War of how T'Challa becomes the Black Panther .

With Black Panther's nemesis, Erik Killmonger, director Ryan Coogler presents a villain whose motivations make sense, while his sense of injustice and anger manage to inspire sympathy.

A lawyer for Vitkor has sent a letter about the similarities to her "Constellation" series.

. Perhaps saving one of the best for last, the fourteenth song on the album is The Weeknd's "Pray for Me", which features Lamar and embodies this revolutionary attitude.

In an interview, Viktor said what matters to her most is the principle, not compensation.

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