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May. 14th, 2007

08:15 pm - Evidence that IP laws are out of control, exhibit #902

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In California, the statute has been expanded to also protect the use of one’s likeness or persona, which means that even if there is no picture of the person, it is still forbidden to use anything recognizable or a signature of that person without consent. In 1993, Vanna White won a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics over their use of a robot turning letters on a game show in a futuristic ad. White claimed that the ad evoked her image, even though Samsung did not use her name or picture.

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Date:May 15th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
I would think that would fall under parody, which is protected.
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Date:May 15th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
You'd think so. Samsung needs better lawyers.
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Date:May 15th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I think parody would be the case only if they were making fun of her, rather than just alluding to her.
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