Lindsay Lohan Took GTA To Court Over This Pic And The Verdict Is In
Who wins this round?
The New York County Supreme Court dismissed claims by Lohan that GTA V had used her likeness for the game’s character Lacey Jonas.
Lohan claimed that the above image of the game’s character was based on the shot of her posing doing a peace sign.
The Lacey Jonas character is framed pretty badly in the game, particularly in the scene shown in the video below. But the court said since no real images or references to her were made it can’t be considered illegal.
Another character, Andrea Bottino, was claimed by real-world mob boss daughter Karen Gravano to be based on her.
Gravano starred in real-world US drama series Mob Wives and the GTA V character Andrea Bottino was in a reality TV show and fearful of her father finding out. This was also thrown out of court.
The court said that because this was a game, and a work of fiction, it falls outside the realm of advertising or trade so the likeness complaints can’t hold up. The US offers computer games the same First Amendment protections as books, plays and movies.
The court’s final ruling was: “This video game's unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player's ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire”.
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