A soft-focus scene, displaying the silhouette of a women dancing inside the burning flame of a thin wax candle, featured in singer Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” music video is now the focus of a federal lawsuit for copyright infringement. The lawsuit, filed by RussianAmerican painter Vladimir Kush, claims that the pop star copied the Las Vegas-based artist’s image of a woman in a candle flame, without his permission, in her “God is a Woman” music video. Kush further asserts that the allegedly infringing scene in Grande’s video is “nearly identical” to the imagery in his copyrighted artwork.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March 13, 2019. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Wald, Samantha, "“God Is a Woman” (Allegedly) Guilty of Copyright Infringement: The Merits of Artist Vladimir Kush’s Copyright Lawsuit Against “God Is a Woman” Singer Ariana Grande" (2019). AELJ Blog. 196.