Rihanna and DC Comics in Legal Battle Over the Use of Her Government Name.


As real Rihanna fans know, the Bajan-born popstar’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Apparently, DC Comics is afraid that if Rihanna uses her real name to promote a product, it might cause some confusion, due to the iconic Batman sidekick with the same name. When Rihanna tried to trademark her first name for an upcoming magazine venture, the comic book giant hit back by attempting to block the application.

According to Fact Mag,

Roraj Trade – which holds the trademark for her Rebelle By Rihanna and Reb’L Fleur perfumes – applied to register the trademark last June with the intention of using it to publish “online non-downloadable general feature magazines.” Robyn is Rihanna’s first name.

DC Comics formally submitted their complaint on May 11, arguing that Rihanna’s proposed online magazine is “identical and/or highly related” to DC’s existing properties. The comic book publisher believes a Robyn magazine “is likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive the public” into thinking Rihanna’s publication is connected to Robin, The Boy Wonder.

This isn’t the first time Rihanna had to fight for her image. Back in January, she won a legal battle with Top Shop over the unauthorized use of her image on a t-shirt that was being sold by the fast fashion giant.