Kendrick Lamar and SZA have reportedly settled their ‘All The Stars’ lawsuit, which was the theme song for Black Panther after it was dismissed in court.
The pair were accused of stealing artwork from British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor for their video for the track.
Viktor was reportedly contacted by representatives from Marvel about the possibility of using her creations in November 2016 and December 2017, but she ultimately declined their offers on both occasions.
However, it is claimed that images bearing a distinct similarity to those from her ‘Constellations’ series appeared in the video for ‘All The Stars’ at the 2.59 mark.
“The infringement of Ms. Viktor’s rights is willful and egregious,” Viktor’s lawyer Christopher Robinson told the New York Times during the initial suit. “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.”
Recall back in February that Viktor accused Kendrick Lamar and SZA of stealing her artwork for All The Stars track.
By Damilola Faustino