Property Law Keyed to Kurtz
White v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Defendant printed advertisements in several publications that included a robot dressed to resemble Plaintiff, a game show hostess. Plaintiff had not consented to the ads and was not paid for them. She sued for violations of her intellectual property rights. The trial court granted Defendant’s motion for summary judgment and Plaintiff appealed, arguing that her California common law right of publicity had been violated when Defendant appropriated her identity for profit.
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