A federal judge in Chicago has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that contends the Mugshots.com website deliberately fails to update or correct outdated records to create incentives for arrestees to pay to get their photos removed through an affiliated website.U.S. District Judge … [Read more...] about Federal judge allows suit over right of publicity to photos on Mugshots.com
Rights of publicity
Earlier this month, Katherine Heigl sued Duane Reade for $6,000,000 for tweeting a paparazzi photo of her leaving a Duane Reade drugstore, together with the caption “Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even KatieHeigle can’t resist shopping at #NYC’s favorite … [Read more...] about Respect Those Rights of Publicity
In general, a right of publicity is a right to control use of your name, likeness, and other aspects of your identity. Right of publicity laws normally give an individual the exclusive right to license the use of their identity for commercial promotion. This right is … [Read more...] about Does the Ebola-free Nurse Doll Raise a Right of Publicity Claim?
On October 21, 2014, Frank Sivero, an actor who played Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox and Abram Groening, the co-creator of The Simpsons, claiming that the wiseguy “Louie” character on The Simpsons is an … [Read more...] about Goodfellas Actor Files Suit Over a Character from The Simpsons: The Limitations on Rights of Publicity Claims
Most marketing departments for large companies have at least a basic understanding, if not a proficient grasp, of the type of legal vetting that needs to be conducted before using an image in an ad or marketing piece. They know that when using a photo a copyright license … [Read more...] about Rights of Publicity: A Potentially Catastrophic Pitfall for the Unwary Marketer as told by Jordan v. Dominick’s Finer Foods