Intellectual Property Keyed to Merges
White v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Defendant) ran an advertisement that clearly indicated that Vanna White (Plaintiff) of the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” had been the basis for the images. Plaintiff’s likeness, however, was not used in the advertisement. Plaintiff sued, alleging violations of state statutory and common law right to publicity and the federal Lanham Act. The district court dismissed and White (Plaintiff) appealed.
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