Here is a link to yesterday's show
I also wanted to see if she would be interested in representing me (and possibly others) in a Right of Publicity lawsuit Unfortunately, she does not work with such cases.
Among the many things I detest about Facebook is seeing these bogus ads where the death of a celebrity is inferred and when you click to find out what happened, it is an ad for some miracle wrinkle cream or another rip off product. A company is NOT allowed to use a celebrity's image to sell a product without permission (and usually compensation).
These cases are pretty straight forward, the celebrity (or non celeb - everyone has the right to control the use of their identity unless it is a news story) calls their lawyer and they go after the company who is using the likeness to sell a product. Most of them have plenty of money to retain a lawyer for such cases. I do not. (Bradys make nada on reruns and were paid unbelievably little in the first place)
Another problem with my situation is that there is no product. Click bait is used to lead the viewer to a site where there is no product but plenty of advertising. Let's say you click on an image that says something like "Celebrities who are missing body parts" (I just made that up) you will be taken to a page and there will be a slide show of celebs missing digits and other things. Each page of the slide show will have advertisements on it. This is how the company makes money. Now for the celebrities who are actually missing toes and such, this is not illegal because it's true and falls under the category of "news". Since there is no direct product being sold, there is nobody to directly go after.
BUT some times the click bait is a celebrity who does NOT fall under this category. In this case it would be one who has all their body parts. This is the case with me. I am the bait but not part of the story.
Have you seen this?
Not only is the other woman in the photo NOT me, but the implication is defaming. Here's another:
I'm not THAT fat! I've seen others in these malicious click baits; like my "sister"
Look! Alison Arngrim and I grew up to be identical twins! And we're not even related even though her character on "Little House" was Nellie Oleson (not even spelled right)
Although other sources show that Alison and Tina Yothers now bear a striking resemblance:
This one really ticks me off:
Hallie and Jesse Eisenberg are siblings!
My manager contacted one of these companies. We weren't seeking money but a cease and desist and public apology. They pretended to be concerned but now are not returning his calls. I think this is something that nobody should be allowed to get away with. I've had enough trouble with bad publicity over fake news. The media loves a story about a child star gone bad as was displayed a year ago when the fake news that I got fired from LA Talk radio spread like wildfire. Sad to think that any of the so called journalists who ran with the story only needed to call LAtalk to find out that the story was not true. clicks translate directly into money for news sources, and the first to post a hot news item often gets the lion’s share of the clicks. Those responsible enough to double check and confirm an item that sounds a little too good to be true often lose out to their less responsible competitors.
(But yes I'll admit I ranted at the guy is a disgusting wannabe actor seeking his fifteen minutes, but it was privately, not on the air)
So my request is for a lawyer who could take this on contingency. If you are one or know one, please comment here. Meanwhile, when you see ads like these, please contravene! Youtube uses them as well but they are mostly on Facebook and here is a link to lodge a complaint