Lindsay Lohan Suing ... Over Grand Theft Auto
Says character was based on her without her permission
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2014 9:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Lacey Jonas looks like Lindsay Lohan. She has a clothing line like Lindsay Lohan's. She dresses and accessorizes like Lindsay Lohan. She hangs out at the Chateau Marmont like Lindsay Lohan. Who is she? A character in Grand Theft Auto V, which is why Lohan is now suing the company that makes the video game, alleging her likeness was used without her permission, Forbes reports.

The Jonas character even wears "jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff that were for sale to the public at least two years," the suit amusingly claims. At one point in the game, the Los Angeles Times notes, the Jonas character hides from paparazzi; in another, she's upset that the main character doesn't recognize her and notes, "I'm really famous!" It's not clear what damages LiLo seeks, though TMZ calls it "serious money." (Lohan once sued E*Trade over its "milkaholic" baby.)

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Jul 6, 2014 3:40 PM CDT
Any person considered to be in the public eye can be subject to satire, That is what is in this game. Unless her image or statements attributed to her are used then no copyright or libel exists. So, Lindsay find another source of income, I suggest McDonalds
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Jul 5, 2014 8:17 AM CDT
In the US legal system the point that in most cases a parody of a work constitutes fair use was upheld in the case of Rick Dees, who decided to use 29 seconds of the music from the song When Sonny Gets Blue to parody Johnny Mathis' singing style even after being refused permission. An appeals court upheld the trial court's decision that this type of parody represents fair use. Fisher v. Dees 794 F.2d 432 (9th Cir. 1986)
Jul 3, 2014 11:09 PM CDT
I'd still hit that all day, despite the dragon breath.