Ariana Grande settles video copyright lawsuit with filed by Vladmir Kush
Ariana Grande was sued in January for alleged copyrights violation involving painting and her “God Is a Woman” music video. The legal battle began when an artist called Vladimir Kush filed a case against the songstress, the Universal Music Group, and the MV’s director Dave Meyers and producer Nathan Scherrer.
Kush claimed that Grande’s music video ripped off his candle paintings. He claimed that the singer and her group used an image of a candle that is similar to his painting that he worked on in 1999 and 2000. These artworks were also copyrighted in the said years that they were created.
The alleged copyright violation
According to ArtNet News, Ariana Grande and her company were sued due to three points shown in the “God Is A Woman” music video. When the singer appeared in silhouette form, instead of the wick, her body took its place on top of the candle. The image was said to really resemble Kush’s paintings.
"Defendants clearly copied Mr. Kush’s expression of this idea," according to the original complaint via iHeart Radio. "Specifically, defendants chose to use the same color palette, the same background of a cloudy sky, the same ring effect of the clouds around the flame, the same light beams radiating from the flame, and the same color candle, light fading to dark."
The legal battle is over
In the recent development of the case, it was revealed that Ariana Grande and Vladimir Kush have finally settled their legal battle. It was said that the copyright claims still stood against the pop singer, but the dispute is over after both parties have agreed on a resolution.
Mark G. Tratos, Kush’s lawyer, already filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the case, so it ended there. However, the terms of the settlement remained a secret. The only thing that was revealed is that Ariana Grande and Kush will shoulder their own legal fees for the dispute.
The settlement was finalized after Kush’s lawyer filed the dismissal on Aug. 16. Little is known about Kush who went against Ariana Grande, but he is an artist who owns Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas which seels art pieces including his own works.