Celine Dion Shuts Down Blog Of Ridiculous Pictures

from the publicity-rights-gone-mad dept

It’s not entirely clear what’s going on here, but someone anonymous has pointed us to a post on a blog that was supposedly posting “ridiculous pictures of Celine Dion” (that’s the name of the blog) that says the site got a legal nastygram from Dion’s lawyers, claiming infringement. They don’t provide details of what they think about the site is infringing (copyright? publicity rights?), so it’s tough to analyze the specific legal issues, though I can’t see how they have much of a legitimate case. Either way, whoever runs the site has agreed to take it down, because the cost of defending it is too high. Of course, that’s what Celine Dion’s lawyers were hoping for anyway. So the blog is gone, though it did leave this one image as the avatar of the user who put together the site:

In the meantime, how thin skinned and vain a celebrity must you be to shut down a blog showing funny pictures of you? The person who ran the blog notes that it was “superfans” who were using the site, and now they’re all shut out of having some fun around a celebrity they like because she’s got aggressive lawyers. Sad.

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Ben (profile) says:

Re: So sad. So important. So in keeping with your charter:

…legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow

Does seem appropriate:
1. legal nastygram from lawyers (i.e. “legal issue”)
2. innovative blog (arguably a “company”)
3. shut down (i.e. ability to grow if not innovate).
That seems directly in keeping with the charter you quote. Oddly, of course the whole process of shutting down the blog by Ms Dion’s lawyers brings the existence of those photos to the attention of many people (myself included) who would otherwise never have been aware of them.

Welcome the Dion effect: the new incarnation of the Streisand effect.

Anonymous Coward says:

“the Techdirt blog uses a proven economic framework to analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow”

Emphasis mine.

dude, I mean at least your not an anonymous troll, but you could at least be a troll with high reading comprehension.

halley (profile) says:

Re: Re:

This is certainly an example of a business (from a business aspect, Celine Dion is a brand), where the business’s legal staff is getting in the way of her fans. Considering the blog has an ongoing interest in (1) quashing of free speech, and (2) “connecting with fans” (CwF), I think it’s just fine to discuss this. Other businesses should take this as yet another example on why the legal staff should not be driving policy or knee-jerking in ways that damages the brand.

Marcus Carab (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I can see two main “points” here: another example of abusing IP law, and another example of the Streisand effect (featuring Streisand 2.0 no less)

Those are both smack dab in the middle of Techdirt’s wheelhouse. I guess there’s nothing too special or new about this story, but it’s hardly shocking that it was covered here, since it involves topics that are central to this blog…

dwg says:

Re: Re:

Right-ho. Please stick to posts that relate only to illegible legislation and deep technical issues in the future. Wouldn’t want to make the tent any bigger by including IP-RELATED articles that might be relevant/interesting to the 99% of humanity that can’t or don’t want to read things in the first two categories. Better to keep things just among us and dictate what the other 99% should do–after all, we know better.


Dougal Campbell (user link) says:

It's the chilling effect

But if this story was about Microsoft shutting down a site that had funny pictures of Steve Ballmer (and what picture of Ballmer *isn’t* funny?), you’d be all over this, I bet. The important part of the article isn’t that it’s Celine Dion involved, it’s that a site got shut down for so-called copyright infringement without saying what the infringements were. Was the site really infringing? I dunno. Was it fair-use? I dunno. But that’s where the focus should be.

charliebrown (profile) says:

Been waiting YEARS to “publish” this

>>>Sung to the tune of “My Heart Will Go On”
Every night in my room
I hear it, I fear it
The high pitched voice of Ms Dion
They play it on the AM
The TV, The FM
You cannot escape this song
Near, far, wherever you are
You will hear this damn song** and
This song just drags on and on

**even though it came out almost 15 years ago now! She had better songs but the radio stations keep playing this frikken one!

Seriously, I like Celine Dion apart from THAT song I parodied above. And taking down those pictures? Low. She clearly has the world’s worst publicist or something along those lines.

Incidentally, under section 203, that song parody is allowed to stay on this site unless the editors of the site deem otherwise. It is also “fair use” by being a parody. So too bad if Ms Dion’s lawyers don’t like it. Only Techdirt staff can take it down. And you can’t get them in trouble if they don’t! Nyah!

James says:

Not to defend anyone... but...

…this very well could be the work of her manager and she may have no real idea what this was, or that it even happened.

Seems like this might fall under 1st amendment grounds, unless Dion owns the rights to all of those photos, and these people are making money from it.

Personally, I remember a show a while back called, “Stars without makeup”, loved it.

Marcus Carab (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Are you kidding? Because for whatever reason, Celine Dion is huge. A quick scan of Wikipedia notes the following records:

– Best-selling female artist of all time (worldwide)
– Second-best-selling female artist in the U.S. during the SoundScan era
– Best-selling Canadian artist of all time
– Best-selling French-language album of all time
– Only female with two singles that broke 1-million copies in the UK
– Over 200-million albums sold worldwide
– 3 Golden Globes, 2 Oscars, 5 grammies, 12 WMAs, 7 AMAs, 7 Billboard Awards, 21 Junos, 39 F?lixes

Personally I can’t stand her – but apparently a hell of a lot of people can.

Marcus Carab (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

LOL. It’s an amusing thought, I’ll grant you that. But trust me, if I was trying to hide knowledge of Celine Dion, I wouldn’t have started with a detailed list of her accolades 😛

I’m a Canadian. Celine Dion is even more unavoidable here than she is in the rest of the world (every time I hear “heart will go on” playing in McDonalds I know it’s going to be a bad day) so I was surprised to see someone act as though she was small potatoes. The specific stats came from Wikipedia (indeed if you look at her page there, and the page listing her awards, you will notice that my points are culled directly from the intro paragraphs)

Sorry, I just despise inaccuracy, even when it relates to people I don’t actually care about 🙂

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