by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jul 11th 2011 6:53am
btr1701 alerts us to the news that Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, is supposedly threatening to take legal action against anyone who mentions her at the upcoming Comedy Central Roast of Sheen (um, wait, Charlie Sheen deserves a roast? really?). While she may have a contractual legal leg to stand on concerning certain subjects from Sheen himself, since the report says their divorce agreement includes some sort of promise from Sheen to "never publicly discuss her drug use," I can't see how she has any legal leg to stand on at all concerning anyone else making jokes about her. In fact, just in having this story come out, it seems like she's likely to become an even bigger target for the roasters. It seems like yet another case of "publicity rights" gone mad, where, thanks to ever expanding intellectual property laws and concepts, people seem to think that they can stop anyone from even talking about them if they don't like what's being said.
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