Rihanna and PUMA may have a problem on their hands.
Rihanna's Fenty brand has become a force to be reckoned with. Her line of cosmetics has been far outselling the competition, and she recently announced a highly-awaited lingerie collection. Her clothing line collaboration with PUMA, however, is one of her most high profile business ventures, but they may have just hit a potentially damaging snag.
According to TMZ, a recent "Fenty University" collection from the Fenty X PUMA collab, has become the potential target of a copyright infringement lawsuit by another clothing brand, Freedom United. The suit alleges that the "Fenty University" line knowingly stole Freedom United's "FU" logo, which is featured heavily on Fenty clothing like sandals and sweaters.
Freedom United sent a cease and desist letter to Fenty back in January, claiming that Rihanna knew about the logo for years before deciding to use it for her "Fenty University" line. They also asked her to discontinue making the line, as well as a full accounting of the profits made from selling the clothes.
In March, PUMA answered back, claiming that there was no comparison between the two logos, as Rihanna's line uses a complete different font from Freedom United, not to mention that the initials "FU" aren't unique enough to be trademarked in the first place. PUMA also mentioned that that specific collaboration was over and no longer being produced.
According to Freedom United, this wasn't enough of a response, and will reportedly file a lawsuit against PUMA.
Check out a comparison between the two logos below. Is Rihanna a rip-off artist or is this whole thing a waste of time?