Kendrick Lamar Accused Of Stealing Artwork For ‘All The Stars’ Video

The artist is ‘willing to discuss a resolution’ for all of her claims

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Kendrick Lamar has been accused by a British-Liberian artist named Lina Iris Viktor for the copyright infringement of her artwork in the music video for ‘All The Stars’.

The video was released last week and is a song from the upcoming ‘Black Panther’ film. On Saturday, a lawyer for Ms Viktor sent a letter to the team behind the video:

“The infringement of Ms. Viktor’s rights is willful and egregious,” the letter says, adding that the artist is willing “to discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorised use and a license fee.”

In a telephone interview with the New York Times, Ms. Viktor said: “Why would they do this? It’s an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it’s about black empowerment, African excellence — that’s the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they’re stealing from African artists.”

Here’s a reminder of the video:

Kendrick Lamar and the rest of the team behind the video are yet to comment on the situation.

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