Publicity/Misappropriation Claims

We know how, when and where individuals' names and images can be used in fictional, documentary and news settings.  We are intimately familiar with right of publicity and misappropriation of likeness claims, and we litigate such claims routinely.

  • Successfully defended studio against copyright, false designation of origin and misappropriation claims based on parodied reference to comedienne on "Family Guy," an animated television program.
  • O'Grady v. Twentieth Century Fox, Eastern District of Texas. Represented cable television network against fighter pilot downed behind enemy lines in Bosnia conflict who was claiming invasion of right of publicity and trademark infringement.
  • Hood v. National Enquirer, Los Angeles Superior Court. Right of publicity case involving the use of a celebrity's child's image.

Representing

Print, Broadcast & Electronic Media
New Media & Internet Companies
News Gathering Organizations
Journalists & Writers
Entertainment Companies
Motion Picture Studios
Production Companies
Book Publishers