by Mike Masnick
Fri, Mar 18th 2011 8:36am
Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to questionable publicity rights claims. After all, she sued E*Trade, because the company had a commercial with a baby named Lindsay, who was described as a "milkaholic," and she insisted that this was meant to be a reference to her (something no one else actually thought). The latest is that Lindsay, who's facing time in jail for stealing a necklace, is apparently so upset that the jewelry store surveillance video of her stealing the necklace has been released, and shown on Entertainment Tonight, that she's threatening to sue the jewelry store where it was taken, suggesting it was an abuse of her publicity rights.
Of course, core to her argument is the idea that the store sold the tape, but the store denies this. Even if it were true that the store sold the tape, it's difficult to see how there's a legitimate publicity rights claim here. But, of course, with publicity rights still being a new and somewhat untested area of law, you could actually see a judge buying such a ridiculous claim.
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