According to a new lawsuit, Kendrick Lamar and SZA ripped off an artist by taking her famed artwork and using it to promote the soundtrack for "Black Panther.”
Lina Iris Viktor claims her fine art titled "Constellations I," "Constellations II" and "Constellations III" is being used in the official music video for Kendrick and SZA’s "All the Stars,” even after she refused permission.
The artist claims reps for the movie contacted her twice asking her to lend her work to the movie or create new work for it, but she said no. According to the docs, they did it anyway. She claims the video tries 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.”
The artist also says the movie promotes themes of black and female empowerment, yet ignored her wishes and she's a black, African woman.
She's suing for damages and she wants an injunction prohibiting Kendrick and SZA from using her artwork to promote the soundtrack.