GS News - Lindsay Lohan & GTA 5 Case Moving Forward; Division DLC Locations Found?!

Microsoft reveals Gears of War 4 beta info, and GTA 5 voice actor Michael de Santa calls Lindsay Lohan “nuts”.

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Pawfalcon

Been a while since anyone even mentioned Lohan. She must be ecstatic.

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guyondainternet

Pretty sure her lawyer has informed her she has no case she is just trying to get into the news.

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jurk182

@guyondainternet: She definitely has a case as a judge didn't throw the suit out. There are undeniable comparisons to photos of her and images in GTA's art, and the character in the game who's name escapes me is an obvious reference to her. Parody laws are not cut and dry and if she can prove in a civil suit that harm has been done to her reputation, she can win. Likely at this point there will be a settlement though as this looks headed to trial. There is virtually no risk to her as I'm sure her litigator is working for a percentage and Take 2 stands to lose a lot of money.

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PointingMonkey

@jurk182: Parody is protected against copyright infringement. So all Take Two have to provide any information which proves that the work was a work of parody and the judge should rule in their favour. While it is a common courtesy to get the permission of the rights holder, it is not legally required.

Just look at The Simpsons and more so South Park. If parodies were infringing on copyrighted material, both those shows would constantly be in court. Because 99% of their content is a parody of someone else's work (The Shinning = The Shining) or personality (Alaska Nebraska = Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana).

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jurk182

@pointingmonkey: You need to look up the definition of parody. It isn't taking a reference picture of a celebrity, blatantly copying the look, style, wardrobe and pose and almost completely re-creating it.

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PointingMonkey

@jurk182: It's not the picture that she's suing over. It's the character within the game, who is followed by the press and is a drug addict. That she is claiming is a copy of her.

Also you can parody a picture, how many times have you seen people do versions of The Beatles Abbey Road cover. Just type in abbey road cover parody and you'll see everything from The Simpsons (a rolling stone multi cover), South Park, Ren and Stimpy all the way to My Little Pony. The Simpsons even took it a step further and released an album (The Yellow Album, none the less) where they parodied The Beatles The Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover.

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guyondainternet

@jurk182:

Does not mean anything other than the case was filed properly the judge was not making a judgment of the merit of case that is what is decided at the trial. In the US anybody with a lawyer can sue somebody but does not mean it's going to be a successful lawsuit.

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Tanares

@jurk182: It's a parody. No case. She's just looking for some attention.