In 2009 Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent filed a lawsuit against Que’s WSHH for using the celebrities image and likeness without his permission . 5 years later, Jackson wins his legal argument. Find out more below.
50 Cent filed a lawsuit against WorldStarHipHop.com back in 2009, after his image was used as promotion of the website without his consent. Fif argued that the picture left visitors with the impression that the rapper owned or was affiliated with the site.
The main controversy in the lawsuit had to do with the website’s masthead featuring an image of the rapper. In a ruling on Monday, a federal judge granted the hip-hop star summary judgment on copyright and right of publicity claims. In doing so, the judge rejected affirmative defenses including fair use. According to the ruling, “Defendants provide no authority to support the fair use of a celebrity’s image or likeness. This is not surprising, as a celebrity’s image, standing alone, only evokes that celebrity’s persona. Jackson’s image does not, by itself, describe anything about Defendants’ website.”
No word on the judgement.
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