British-Liberian visual artist Lina Iris Viktor alleged that a 19-second segment of the video, which features Kendrick Lamar in a room full of geometric gold artwork and women, contains copyright violations because of similarities to her 24-karat gold-patterned artwork from a series of paintings called Constellations
. According to The New York Times
, Viktor's lawyer, Christopher Robinson, stated that representatives at Marvel approached Viktor twice to ask if Lamar could use artwork for his "All The Stars" video for the song, but she turned them down both times.
"Why would they do this?" she questioned during an interview with The New York Times
. "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."
The case went to court with Viktor suing for damages as well as an injunction to stop her artwork being used to promote the soundtrack.
As of December 21, 2018 Lamar and SZA had settled with Viktor, according to court documents seen by Pitchfork
. The case is now closed with all claims dismissed.