Publicity Suit Defendants Should Love Shirley Jones Ruling

Law360, New York (July 17, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT) -- By finding that a person's consent to be photographed can be implied by their conduct, the Ninth Circuit's decision to toss actress Shirley Jones' suit against photo licensing company Corbis Corp. over red-carpet snapshots bolsters defendants in right of publicity suits, attorneys say.

The appeals court affirmed a lower court's dismissal of Jones' suit alleging that Corbis violated her publicity rights by using sample images of her to promote its service. According to the rulings, Jones had consented to allow the use and distribution of her...
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