Kendrick Lamar accused of stealing artwork for ‘All The Stars’

British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor has accused Lamar of using her artwork without permission in his new music video.

Kendrick Lamar released the visuals for his track ‘All the Stars’ featuring SZA on February 6.

The music video is larger than life, with biblical allusions, huge constellations and a pack of black panthers.

However, Lamar has been accused of stealing the work of British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor, who came forward and said that her artwork ‘Constellations’ was used in the video without her permission.

Viktor’s lawyer has said that Marvel Studios contacted her in November and December in 2016 about using the artwork to inspire the video, but she declined. The letter noted that the artist is willing to “discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorized use and a license fee.”

A lawyer from the Copyright Society of the USA said the creatives behind the video are likely to argue that the visuals are not exact copies, but appropriations. “It’s really tricky because style isn’t protected”.

The music video is a congregation of strong African cultural references that create beautiful and allusive visuals. In a recent interview Viktor said “cultural appropriation is something that continually happens to African-American artists and I want to make a stand.

The track appears on ‘Black Panther The Album’, curated by Kendrick Lamar and the soundtrack for the Marvel blockbuster ‘Black Panther’. The movie was released on February 16 and is the first appearance of an African superhero in the mainstream media.

At 2:59 you can view the scene which has purportedly been taken from the work of Lina Iris Viktor.

 

 

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