Artist Is Suing Rihanna For Plagiarizing Her “ROCKSTAR 101” Music Video

The first seven seconds of Rihanna‘s music video for “ROCKSTAR 101” shows a flashing neon sculpture: the illuminated words “ROCK” with the glowing words “STAR” hanging from them.

Even though this image appears before the beat drops and RiRi belts out “I told ya,” artist James Clar, who often works in neon lights, is suing the pop star for plagiarizing this part of her music video. Rihanna’s neon sculpture looks a lot like Clar’s 2006 work You & Me. Clar’s piece also uses neon letters hanging from other letters, but instead of “ROCK/STAR,” his work spells “YOU/ME”:

Clar is asking for $6.64 million in damages and has submitted his complaint to Paris’ Grand Instance Court. According to Clar’s lawyer, who is arguing that his client’s unique art piece has been reproduced without the artist’s permission, “French laws on plagiarism are more favorable in France than in the US.”

Of course, working in the visual field means you often come up against accusations of plagiarism. In 2007, David LaChapelle sued Rihanna for her “S&M” video, which he thought stole images from his Italian Vogue photo shoots. More recently, Damien Hirst was accused of plagiarism when he dressed Rihanna up as Medusa for British GQ. 

http://www.complexmag.ca/art-design/2014/06/artist-is-suing-rihanna-for-her-rockstar-101-music-video

Churches buried evidence of their cruelty

IN IRELAND, the bodies of around 800 babies who died of neglect at a Catholic workhouse for unmarried mothers were dumped in a septic tank.

And in Canada, an as yet unknown number of Mohawk children – victims of an alleged church/state genocide campaign – were buried at the oldest Indian residential school in Canada, the Anglican-run Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario.

Details emerged this week of the grisly discovery at a home for “fallen” women in Tuam, a town in County Galway. The institution was run by the Bon Secours nuns between 1925 and 1961. Thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the workhouse, known simply as The Home (pictured above).

More than five decades after the Home was closed and demolished to make way for a housing development and children’s playground, it was discovered that almost 800 children who had to be abandoned by their mothers, died of neglect and their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank at the back of the building.

 

 

http://freethinker.co.uk/2014/06/04/churches-buried-evidence-of-their-cruelty/

Islam’s reign of terror: from Iraq to Kenya

Somali militants who murdered 48 people in a Kenyan village as they watched the World Cup went door to door asking residents if they were Muslim or spoke Somali – and shot them dead if either answer was ‘no’, witnesses revealed today.

The attack on the coastal village of Mpeketoni, about 30-miles southwest of the tourist centre of Lamu, came at the end of a weekend of bloodshed that has exposed the world to the shocking depravity of terrorists, apparently emboldened by each other’s acts.

Witnesses told how about 30 gunmen – believed to be members of Somali terror group al-Shabaab – arrived in the town in minibuses at 8pm yesterday before bursting into residents homes, shooting dead any man they thought was not Muslim.

‘They came to our house at around 8pm and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims,’ said Anne Gathigi. ‘My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest.’

The attack was the latest in a string of bloodthirsty atrocities that took place over the weekend, spanning two continents from Kenya to Iraq and raising the spectre of a new era of barbaric terror that is sweeping the globe.

In the space of just three days:

  • Images of Iraqi men being rounded up at gunpoint, beaten, herded like cattle into lorries and shot dead in a ditch by a row of masked ISIS fanatics sent shockwaves across the world.
  • Taliban insurgents sliced off the fingers of 11 people as punishment for voting in Afghanistan’s democratic presidential election while 60 people were killed in a series of rocket barrages and scattered attacks
  • The desperate search continued for three Israeli teenagers allegedly kidnapped by Hamas militants as more than 150 suspects were arrested in relation to the abduction.
  • Nigeria’s former president admitted that the 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants two months ago may never be found.
  • Pakistani jets killed 37 militants in retaliatory airstrikes today, a week after Taliban insurgents stormed Karachi airport and opened fire in a commando-style attack that left 38 people dead.

Over the past month, the world’s media has been awash with gruesome images depicting insurgent barbarism whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Palestine or Syria.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658751/Red-Cross-34-die-militant-attack-Kenya-town.html#ixzz34pG4aFJR
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