Cypress Hill Singer's Grand Theft Likeness Suit Put To Rest

Law360, New York (November 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a former Cypress Hill backup singer's suit claiming that his likeness was misappropriated in a Grand Theft Auto video game, ruling the game's creative elements transformed it into more than a mere imitation of the plaintiff.

Even if respondents Take Two Interactive Software Inc. and Rockstar Games did utilize former Cypress Hill backup singer Michael Washington's likeness for “CJ” —the main character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — Washington had not established a probability of negating the...
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