Local man sues Ariana Grande over alleged copyright infringement violations

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FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Ariana Grande arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Grande has posted a tribute to her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller a week after his death, saying she’s sorry she couldn’t save him. Paramedics declared the 26-year-old Miller dead in his […]

A Las Vegas man has filed a lawsuit against Pop singer Ariana Grande. 

In the court documents that list her formal name as Ariana Grande-Butera — Vladimir Kush of Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas, Inc. is suing Grande, Universal Music Group, and and the director and producer of her “God is a Woman” video for various forms of copyright infringement, along with violations of Nevada’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and unjust enrichment based on the use of his imagery without his permission in a music video. 

Art by Vladimir Kush of Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas, Inc.

According to court documents, in 1999 and 2000, Plaintiffs obtained copyright registrations for two of Kush’s paintings entitled “The Candle” and “The Candle 2” (collectively, the “Works”).  “The Candle 2” is a Metaphorical fine art painting depicting the silhouette of a woman with raised arms as the wick in the center of the flame of a candle, against a bluish sky with clouds. The light of the flame radiates outward in lines of light, the clouds form a centering ring of sorts around the flame, and the image is set against a pastel palette of colors, including blues, yellows, and oranges. “The Candle 2” is very similar to “The Candle.” “The Candle” and “The Candle 2” are displayed below.

A screen grab from Grande’s “God Is A Woman” video is also listed below.

Kush, the plaintiff, seeks damages, attorneys’ fees, costs, and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.

Watch Ariana Grande’s full “God Is A Woman” video below.

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