“”While Carr is no longer on the WRKO payroll, the station continues to use his marquee name, running ads for his radio show in the Herald, airing commercials he narrated and putting a Virtual Howie puppet on the front page of its Web site.””
Wait a gosh-darn minute here....they are not paying him?
And they are still using all his goodies - RE: His name, likeness and voice...I did not know that...
That “Virtual Howie” puppet could be seen as harassment of a ‘former’ employee...he’s on strings...
Could be. I think the argument is that he is under contract to them but has not shown up to do shows (last show: Sept 18,
a day before the contract ended—the topic of discussion
was “taser boy”) so they’re not paying him—and now we
hear something about how he could be liable for Entercom
legal expenses should he lose? (Supposedly Entercom told
him he should keep this out of the courts and if he did
lose, he could wind up paying big)
Entercom believes he’s their employee till 9/30/12 and
by him benching himself it’s some kind of breach of
contract, so they’re not paying him, for one. Hey
Entercom: why not just cut him free?
The use of Howie’s face and voice on Virtual Howie
is debatable; sound clips and pictures of Mumbles
are on Mumblesmenino.us (allegedly a Howie site though
I think WRKO runs it). “Public figure”...Howie has
similar sites for Kerry, Ted K, etc, with sound clips.
But we’re talking public domain (perhaps) sound clips
vs. sound clips of a WRKO show—well, they could claim
they own the rights to those sound clips.
Ay yi yi...