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Hiltonís May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain
Hollywood Today ^ | August 5th, 2008 | Jeffrey Jolson

Posted on 08/05/2008 12:18:51 PM PDT by Red Steel

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/5/08 — There has been a major backfire with presidential candidate John McCain’s TV ads comparing Barack Obama’s rock-star status and intelligence to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Not only has the highly- influentional Hilton family struck back, who once donated to McCain’s campaign, about the affront to their offspring, fans across the nation are riled by the commercials offending their women, no matter how controversial they may be.

Moreover, Paris can sue McCain in many states who have “right of publicity laws.” Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without their approval and likely a large check. Try using Michael Jordan’s face in your TV ad without permission and see how many lawyers call by 9 a.m..

The question will be is selling votes a sale? Political speech, like HT has First Amendment rights to run a public figure, yet TV ads may be an exception – yet this may be a question for the Supreme Court. Obama may wish to run a Bruce Springsteen song or face on his ads, but he can’t without permission.

A spokesman for Paris Hilton complained that “Miss Hilton was not asked, nor did she give permission for the use of her likeness in the ad.”

Paris may be blonde, but like Madonna, is anything but dumb. She has multiple corporations, a fashion line, makes her TV appearances and board meetings on time and has kept out of trouble. She is still young and rich, so subject to any rock star-like messes – but she can be cool as any CEO.

Similar with Britney, who is worth as much many women in business. Yet McCain played them as bimbos and compared them to Obama as one. McCain on Friday denied that his campaign had taken a negative turn, saying, “We think it’s got a lot of humor in it, we’re having fun and enjoying it.”

Paris Hilton’s mother doesn’t share McCain’s frivolity. On Sunday, Hilton’s mother, Kathy Hilton, a McCain donor, registered her disapproval, calling the ad “a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign.”

Kathy Hilton and her husband donated a total of $4,600 to McCain’s campaign earlier this year.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; airhead; apostropheabuse; celebrity; ditzybroad; donors; electionads; firstamendment; hilton; hollywood; intellectualproperty; judiciary; mccain; obama; parishilton; poorpoorrinos; scotus
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To: GOPJ
Funny, I don't remember Lucy or Gracie putting out a porn tape of themselves.
41 posted on 08/05/2008 12:42:49 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: bird4four4
you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without their approval

How does the paparazzi stay in business?

You can take someone's picture and put it in a news story. But you can't use a celebrity's picture as your logo or corporate mascot or some other commercial purpose without their permission.

Using Paris or Britney's pictures or names in a political ad would seem to fall into the latter category.

42 posted on 08/05/2008 12:43:30 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Hate to quote Jay Leno... but, Momma Hilton, this is the video you object to?
43 posted on 08/05/2008 12:43:44 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

actually political speech is a fair use issue, also she is a public figure because she has assummed the role of public figure.

(see Arhnold the governor public figure)


44 posted on 08/05/2008 12:44:14 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red Steel

Is there anyone who isn’t offended by something and ready to blow a gasket? Anyone?


45 posted on 08/05/2008 12:46:02 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW ("Make yourself sheep, and the wolves will eat you" Benjamin Franklin)
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To: nikos1121
These people are in the public domain. And exactly what product is McCain selling? Idiots...

Could you, for example, take Tom Cruise's face and name (without his permission) and create a brand of Tom Cruise Salsa or whatever? Of course not. And you couldn't use his name and face as part of a political ad, either, without his permission.

46 posted on 08/05/2008 12:46:05 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel
"how dare you compare me to someone as vacuous as Obama!!"

47 posted on 08/05/2008 12:46:51 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: Enchante

“Whore Off”

credit South Park


48 posted on 08/05/2008 12:47:52 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: Citizen Blade
You can take someone's picture and put it in a news story. But you can't use a celebrity's picture as your logo or corporate mascot or some other commercial purpose without their permission.

Using Paris or Britney's pictures or names in a political ad would seem to fall into the latter category.

But a political ad is NOT a commercial purpose/venture as such, so how do you opine this to fall into that category?

49 posted on 08/05/2008 12:48:14 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: ari-freedom

LOL.


50 posted on 08/05/2008 12:49:27 PM PDT by KansasGirl ( b/c Obama is just creepy.)
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To: ridesthemiles

Indeed he SHOULD apologize to Paris Hilton for comparing Barack Hussein Obama’s intelligence to hers. She’s not THAT dumb!


51 posted on 08/05/2008 12:49:41 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: Red Steel

Since when did Paris worry about attention? At least they used one that didn’t show all the unclothed anatomy of many Paris pictures available to just about everyone.


52 posted on 08/05/2008 12:49:43 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Alia
Did she really mean a "complete" waste???

I think she meant it was like totally completely wasted.

53 posted on 08/05/2008 12:51:43 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Citizen Blade

He’s in the public domain...I think you have some leeway when you’re dealing with celebrities esp if we’re dealing with ideas not endorsements.

I fail to see where Hilton and Britney are endorsing McCain. What they represent in the ad is an “idea” a persona of American culture. The same as Marilyn Monroe.

Hey, let’s face it. Any attorney can file a lawsuit on anything they wish, and if they can convince a jury prevail..

I think it would be expensive and illadvised to sue, but I wish they would.


54 posted on 08/05/2008 12:52:23 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: nikos1121

Oh please, what a pants load this is. Only leftists are upset and Paris can’t be sued for being thought a slut, she is.


55 posted on 08/05/2008 12:54:26 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: MozarkDawg
But a political ad is NOT a commercial purpose/venture as such, so how do you opine this to fall into that category?

It doesn't matter. The Red Cross is a non-profit organization, but they couldn't use a celebrity's name or face for their ads without their permission.

A celebrity has legal right to their name and face, generally. You need their permission to use them for any purpose. The media gets a pass under the 1st Amendment as they are just reporting the news (no matter how inane, in the case of celebrities).

56 posted on 08/05/2008 12:54:31 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel

McCain is one of the few men who has made a video featuring Paris dressed.


57 posted on 08/05/2008 12:55:10 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

The Hiltons are so self important...all of them. As a frequent traveler, I’ll pull my donations to the Hiltons and stay at another hotel.


58 posted on 08/05/2008 12:56:55 PM PDT by King Hawk
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To: nikos1121
He’s in the public domain...I think you have some leeway when you’re dealing with celebrities esp if we’re dealing with ideas not endorsements.

You may be thinking of libel/slander law, where being a public figure makes a difference under the law. If anything, being a celebrity/public figure makes your name/image more valuable, so you have more to protect when it comes to their unauthorized use.

59 posted on 08/05/2008 12:56:56 PM PDT by Citizen Blade ("Please... I go through everyone's trash." The Question)
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To: Red Steel
Hilton’s May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain

Whatever Hollywood Today is...did it REALLY publish a headline using an apostrophe for a plural?

Shame, shame...

60 posted on 08/05/2008 12:58:05 PM PDT by Allegra (Goodness me, goodness me, industrial disease...)
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