Astronaut Sues Dido For Using His Photo In Album Cover
from the ah, publicity rights dept
Now, it’s notable that McCandless is not claiming copyright over the image — which is good, because he almost certainly doesn’t own the copyright. Either the photographer who shot the image does or (more likely) the photo is owned by NASA which should make it public domain (though, potentially not). It appears that instead, McCandless is claiming a violation of his publicity rights, which we’ve noted has become all too popular a legal strategy these days. It’s quickly getting up there in popularity as a “new form” of intellectual property — and one that is perhaps even more questionable than patents and copyrights.
If this really is a publicity rights claim (
Update: Thanks to all of you for sending me the filing. It’s posted below, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Standard publicity rights claim: