Re: Celebrity GIFs

Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 18:35:00 -0700 (PDT)

Bob Cumbow <cumbr[_at_]> wrote:
> 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?

I know there was some litigation about this when Oprah Winfrey sued the TV Guide for using a model's body with her head. In fact, the model probably had a better body than Oprah. Non-the-less she sued, although I'm not sure under what theory. I think the case got settled.

Does anyone have more information about it?

jszepesi[_at_] Received on Wed Sep 18 1996 - 01:37:18 GMT

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