Woody Allen Billboard Is Protected: American Apparel

Law360, New York (May 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lawyers for American Apparel Inc. have sought to have a $10 million trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Woody Allen thrown out on First Amendment grounds because, the retailer argues, the director's image was used to promote social awareness rather than commerce.

Allen's complaint, filed in March 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses the retailer known for its racy ads of using his image, as he appeared in the film “Annie Hall,” for advertising purposes without his permission....
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