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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    Marcus Carab (profile), 21 Jul 2011 @ 10:12am

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    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 Félixes

    Personally I can't stand her - but apparently a hell of a lot of people can.

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