Following the release of Kendrick Lamar and SZA's stunning clip for "All The Stars" — the lead single off the Black Panther soundtrack — fans of British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor noticed that a particular scene, at the 2:59-minute mark, looked a lot like the artist's series, Constellations.
Well, it turns out the fans weren't imagining things. According to the New York Times, Viktor's work was used in the video without her permission. The artist claims she was contacted twice – first in 2016 and again in 2017 — by Black Panther's creators about featuring her work in the movie's promotional materials, but she turned them down.
Fast forward to 2018 and Viktor says she was shocked to see her style copied in Lamar's music video.
Viktor's lawyer has reportedly sent a letter to Anthony Tiffith at Top Dawg Entertainment alerting him to the copyright violation. According to the letter, Viktor is seeking a minimum of a public apology and a license fee. Speaking to the New York Times about the alleged theft, the artist 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. Cultural appropriation is something that continually happens to African-American artists, and I want to make a stand."
You can check out the video for yourself below and see if you can spot the similarities: