ARTIST SETTLES SUIT VS. LAMAR OVER ‘PANTHER’ VIDEO
Artist Lina Iris Viktor has agreed to settle a lawsuit she filed against Kendrick Lamar and singer SZA saying their music video for “All the Stars,” part of the “Black Panther” soundtrack, used her work without permission.
Viktor, a British-Liberian artist, was approached twice by representatives of the movie asking if her work could be used in the film or as part of its promotion. After deeming the agreement too restrictive, she said no.
Nonetheless, part of the video “is so clearly a copy of the artists’s work,” according to the complaint, which was filed in federal court in New York in February. Viktor sued for a portion of the profits from the sale of the single and the movie soundtrack.
A settlement agreement was reached in principal on Dec. 20, according to court filings, and the parties have 45 days to finalize the details.
UK HONORS CAVE RESCUE DIVERS, TWIGGY, PALIN
British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain’s New Year’s Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin.
Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era, will become a “dame” – the female equivalent of a knight – while Palin, whose second career has seen him become an acclaimed travel documentary maker, receives a knighthood.
Jim Carter, who played the acerbic Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey,” was also recognized, as was filmmaker Christopher Nolan, director of “Inception” and “Dunkirk,” and bestselling author Philip Pullman, creator of the “Dark Materials” trilogy.
The list released Friday also named 43 people who responded to the extremist attacks in Manchester and London in 2017.