Curtis Jackson AKA 50 Cent AKA BOSS MAN….. filed a lawsuit against WorldStarHipHop.com that began back in 2009, after his image was used on the header of the website without his permission. (bloggers beware!!!) (club promoters beware!!!) 50 argued that the picture left visitors with the impression that the rapper owned or was affiliated with the site. (See video below with 50 Cent discussing the issues on V103 Radio) 5 years later, a judge has ruled that 50 be given “summary judgment on copyright and right of publicity claims”, as well as rejecting defenses of fair use of the image.
“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.”
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