RE: Celebrity Gifs

From: Cumbow,Robert-SEA <CUMBR[_at_]>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 96 10:44:00 PDT

Andrew Friedman wrote:
> what action could Cindy Crawford take if a photograph of her is
> digitally altered or combined with a nude photograph of another
> women so that it appears to be Cindy's nude body. I imagine
> rights of privacy and or publicity are implicated and wonder if
> the online service would be liable in any way

Since CC has already posed nude, it is hard to imagine a right of privacy violation. If the use were not commercial, there could be no right of publicity claim. But this is an intriguing question irrespective of whether the person whose face is used is a celebrity or not. Depending on what body it is grafted onto, and what that body is doing, there might be a cause of action for defamation. Can a purely visual image, without words, be defamatory if it purports to show an identifiable person doing something that she in fact has not done?

Bob Cumbow
<cumbr[_at_]> Received on Mon Sep 16 1996 - 17:53:16 GMT

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