Rumor: Lindsay Lohan To Sue Rocktstar Over GTA V

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Rumor: Lindsay Lohan To Sue Rocktstar Over GTA V

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Lindsay Lohan is reportedly preparing to launch a lawsuit against Rockstar Games for using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V without permission.

Gossip site TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan, a one-time child star who in recent years has become better known for criminal behavior, repeated trips to rehab and presumably-satirical appearances as herself in television shows and low-budget movies, is planning to file a lawsuit against Rockstar Games for misappropriating her likeness for Grand Theft Auto V. According to the site, Lohan's lawyers are currently putting together a suit "demanding Rockstar Games pay some serious money for using Lindsay's image in the game."

GTA V features a couple of missions involving a Lohan "look-alike," one in which she seeks help eluding the paparazzi and returning home, and another where she appears at a hotel resembling the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, a real-life Lohan hangout. The bikini model on the cover also looks "Linday-ish," although it was reported by NowGamer in November 2012 that the image was actually based on model Shelby Welinder.

It's all just a rumor at this point, but it's hard to deny that Rockstar's use of her likeness is overt.

Am I right, or am I right?

Source: TMZ

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Using a likeness as satire ... So if she wins this does that mean that SNL will be forced off the air? seriously no one bought this game thinking it was backed by her likeness. How desperate for attention is she.

My thought's before clicking: Well I mean they don't mention her directly, I mean there were a lot of different female actors in that game getting into trouble with the law or otherwise.

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AW THAT'S JUST WRONG! Funny, BUT WRONG!

Yeah, I'm posting this on Facebook.

That tweet... oh god... so much... so much win...

OT: Ugh. I wouldn't put it past Lohan or her lawyers for doing something like this, but come the fuck on! As someone who has lived in Southern California pretty much all of his life (a place that GTA V does a fantastic job of satirizing), there are MILLIONS of women that look just like that. I don't think they have a case here.

I never even considered she looked like Lindsey. Now that she mentions it... I can see the resemblance to her past self (she didn't have that tall/slender body though). She certainly doesn't look like that character now.

Honestly, I desperately hope this is just a rumour. With how rabid and vicious fans of this game have gotten... I find myself a bit fearful for her mental well-being. Of course, people have probably already started to attack her because of mere possibility of this being true, but I think it would get infinitely worse if this became official. In short, fuck you TMZ. Fuck. You.

Is that really what she looks like now? She looks like a 50 year old with a cheap plastic surgeon. If Rockstar did use her likeness then she should surely have to pay THEM for making her look better than reality does.

I think she's trying to cash in on the same thunder Ellen Page had for complaining for likeness issues with The Last of Us. Honestly, I don't think her case will hold water.

OT: I thought the woman in GTA5 looked like Elizabeth Banks to me. Jeez, I hope Elizabeth Banks doesn't think she needs to sue.

Oooh, burnt like an ant under a magnifying glass!
Also very silly. Firstly, let's ignore the uselessness that is TMZ.
Secondly, even if this is true, Loki_The_Good made a good point about satirical portrayals of public figures: This wouldn't work, even if it were to happen. Believe it or not, Lohan is not the sole example of a female, spoilt, drug-addled, celebrity-idiot. How is this specific to Lohan? And even if it were, how would a satirical depiction require Rockstar to pay anything?

Satire is protected, so the case will be dismissed.

She would only have a case if the material was published with "actual malice". In other words, if they were deliberately trying to make people believe falsehoods that were damaging to her. Parody of events already in the news and thus public domain would not qualify no matter how insulting the depiction.

If this turns out to be true (And it may very well not be) then we also need to sue Jeff Dunham

The character doesn't really look like her? I mean wasn't she primarily known as a redhead? The game art looks more like a generic 80's Playmate. Heck I think Marvel comics has a better case claiming that Rockstar borrowed their Carol Danvers Ms. marvel art than Lohan does. Or is Lohans claim that Rockstar is using images of strung out California crack heads without license from her?

rasputin0009:
A rumour of a lawsuit? Why is this "news"? Go find some tweets to claim as "news" while you're at it.

better question is why does anyone care what she says anymore?

Anyway, it's just a cry for attention from a has-been, best thing to do is just ignore it,

Well let's see... the 2D bikini gal is based on another very real model, and the gal in that mission looks and acts far more like Amanda Bynes than Lindsay Lohan. I'm sorry, but I don't see a case here.

P.S. Thanks

You report a "news" from TMZ? Are you fucking kidding me?

She's totally right.

Yep, a red haired drug addict with nothing going for her. Totally stole her likeness.

Remember when she was hot?
Before she looked like one of those 'faces of meth'?

I don't think Rockstar is a risk for anything, it's just free publicity for them.

On the subject of these sort of things (suits that are unlikely to go anywhere) what happened to the author going after Ubisoft for them stealing his idea for accessing ancestors memories for Assassins Creed? Rhetorical question, of course, I'll probably google it, if I can be bothered.

Really though Lindsay, what have you done to yourself? A pure waste... Guess you got turned down for Scary Movie 7, if these are the lengths you are having to go to for some attention.

I pity the lawyer that has to argue that case. "Satire should be made illegal!"

trty00:
Honestly, I desperately hope this is just a rumour. With how rabid and vicious fans of this game have gotten... I find myself a bit fearful for her mental well-being. Of course, people have probably already started to attack her because of mere possibility of this being true, but I think it would get infinitely worse if this became official. In short, fuck you TMZ. Fuck. You.

Wait, you're saying she isn't already mentally unstable? Or are you implying this will send her further down the batshit crazy road? Either way she isn't far off from there... I mean there's Charlie Sheen nuts (which I still think was a self-marketing ploy that was well executed) and Tom Cruise nuts (which is a whole other realm of batshit crazy) and then there's Lindsay Lohan nuts. But any way you put it, she's not mentally well already and I doubt this is nothing more than an extension of the attention-seeking crap she's been pulling since the news stories of her started. TMz isn't necessarily to blame for her actions, I'd say her parents are a big part of her lack of maturity and mental well-being more than a paparazzi site.

That burn at the end of the article...truly, that is on a different level. Well done indeed. :-)

Honestly, that girl looks like every other hot blond, bikini-wearing, too-good-to-be-real girl that they slap on every single thing they want to try to sell with sex appeal. Lohan is not what came to mind when I saw that picture.

If Rockstar loses this suit for some reason, I will go buy ANOTHER copy of the game, and I encourage you all to do the same.

And that tweet is why I'm loving The Comedy Button podcasts, and also why I hate the fact I've never heard of these guys until after the kickstarter for it was over and my friend introduced me to them well after 50 or so podcasts were released by them.

And it's so, so so very true.

Yea.. the laws regarding Satire are pretty clear on this. It'll get denied, and thrown out of court. Hell, the judge will probably laugh at Lohan's lawyers...

Skeleon:
Oooh, burnt like an ant under a magnifying glass!
Also very silly. Firstly, let's ignore the uselessness that is TMZ.
Secondly, even if this is true, Loki_The_Good made a good point about satirical portrayals of public figures: This wouldn't work, even if it were to happen. Believe it or not, Lohan is not the sole example of a female, spoilt, drug-addled, celebrity-idiot. How is this specific to Lohan? And even if it were, how would a satirical depiction require Rockstar to pay anything?

I think if the case was to hold water, they'd have to admit that she's a female, spoiled, drug-addled, celebrity-idiot. Those are likely the descriptive terms used in the official document.

Well, probably no one was even thinking it, and now this shit went viral. Good job, Miss Lohan. You have irreparably humiliated yourself for nothing.

So... she is sueing because Rockstar created an empty-headed and useless girl and she thinks it was in her likeness? That's kinda funny...

Good lord she is looking rough these days. She looks like a mix between Hilary Clinton and Julian Assange.

What happened: Lindsay Lohan allegedly speaks with her lawyers about possible infringement on her likeness.
What gets reported: LILO SUING ROCKSTAR FOR STEALING HER IDENTITY!!!1

I refuse to believe that anyone but Kate Upton was the muse for the woman on the cover.

1337mokro:
I pity the lawyer that has to argue that case. "Satire should be made illegal!"

Pity is unwarranted here, methinks. For the hourly rate that lawyer is charging I'd be more than willing to spew some bullshit.

Can you not report on rumors? I know clicks pay your bills, but come on. Integrity.

amaranth_dru:
Either way she isn't far off from there... I mean there's Charlie Sheen nuts (which I still think was a self-marketing ploy that was well executed) and Tom Cruise nuts (which is a whole other realm of batshit crazy) and then there's Lindsay Lohan nuts.

Eh, I think that's more a gender thing.

I mean, male reprobates like Sheen feature as the main character in any number of sitcoms, invariably married to a wife who isn't like that. Gender swap Lohan and Sheen, and I think he'd get the hatred.

thaluikhain:

amaranth_dru:
Either way she isn't far off from there... I mean there's Charlie Sheen nuts (which I still think was a self-marketing ploy that was well executed) and Tom Cruise nuts (which is a whole other realm of batshit crazy) and then there's Lindsay Lohan nuts.

Eh, I think that's more a gender thing.

I mean, male reprobates like Sheen feature as the main character in any number of sitcoms, invariably married to a wife who isn't like that. Gender swap Lohan and Sheen, and I think he'd get the hatred.

I dunno about that, really. Sheen and Cruise have a certain degree of charisma and acting talent. Whereas Lindsay was just an attractive teenager that got lucky to be picked up by a big label. Swap the genders only and Sheen and Cruise would still have charisma and talent, whereas Lohan would still just be an ex-childhood star that got auto-tuned.

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