Lindsay Lohan must have not watched Disney’s Frozen; she simply refuses to ‘Let it Go.’
The Mean Girls actress has replaced her 10-page complaint against Rockstar Games with a 67-page article that she claims fights for the, “common interest among all celebrities, actors, singers, and athletes — to protect their likeness and personas from misappropriation by unscrupulous merchandisers.”
The complaint in question is about “Lacey Jonas,” a character in Grand Theft Auto V that the player can interact with in a side-mission. Lohan claims that Rockstar illegally used her likeness to create the character, and that they’ve been unethically employing her image in merchandise such as T-shirts, coffee mugs and for general advertising purposes.
“The Defendants were in the business of selling games as opposed to artists displaying artwork in galleries for profit where unauthorized images or portraits of individuals were reproduced in limited editions as opposed to the mass production for commercial promotion and financial gain,” reads the complaint.
Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive have already fired back at Lohan’s lawsuit, calling it “frivolous” and only filed for publicity reasons. They’ve asked the judge to dismiss the case, and for Lohan to pay all legal fees. Currently, under U.S. law, it is legal for entertainment providers to parody celebrities, politicians, and any other public figures. Franchises like ‘South Park’ take parodies even farther than Grand Theft Auto by using the real names of those they are parodying.
Take-Two Interactive isn’t the only big publisher facing a lawsuit over using someone’s likeness in a video game. Activision is facing litigation from Manuel Noriega, the ex-Dictator of Panama, over the use of his likeness and name in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Thanks, Hollywood Reporter!