It seems like Ariana Grande is the latest artist under attack for copyright infringement, after Russian-born artist Vladimir Kush filed a lawsuit against her over imagery used in the “God Is a Woman” music video.
While the visual includes a woman’s silhouette seen inside a burning flame with cloud banks surrounding in the background, around the 1:09 mark, Kush claims it visibly resembles his decades-old The Candle and The Candle 2 paintings.
In addition, Kush says this isn’t the first time that the video’s production company, Freenjoy, Inc., ripped off artwork; as he recalls a 2018 lawsuit filed and settled, just last month, by Lina Iris Viktor against Kendrick Lamar and SZA‘s “All the Stars” video containing imagery from her Constellation series.
Furthermore, in his suit, Kush seeks an injunction to remove the video from the internet, which has garnered nearly 2 million views.
Ariana Grande – God is a Woman
Vladimir Kush – Candle pic.twitter.com/sBXdpSWP6F
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