Google Facing Legal Gray Area In Voice Infringement Suit

By Bill Donahue (January 25, 2016, 10:20 PM EST) -- Singer Darlene Love hit Google Inc. with a lawsuit in California federal court last week, claiming the company improperly used her 1963 recording of "It's a Marshmallow World" in an advertisement for its Nexus smartphones.

Darlene Love sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game in March. (Credit: AP) What makes the suit unusual is that Love isn't claiming Google infringed her copyrights for the classic track. Instead, Love is claiming that Google violated her common law right of publicity by using her voice in the commercial, that it "appropriated her identity" to "falsely impl[y] to the public that Love...

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