50 Cent has won an important battle in his ongoing war against WorldStarHipHop.com.
50 originally sued the site in 2009, claiming that it had illegally used his image on its masthead. According to the Hollywood Reporter, earlier this week, a federal judge granted a summary judgment on copyright and right-of-publicity claims. By ruling that way, the judge denied WorldStar's defense that it could use the image under "fair use" laws.
In the ruling, the judge wrote, "Defendants provide no authority to support the fair use of a celebrity’s image or likeness. This is not surprising, as a celebrity’s image, standing alone, only evokes that celebrity’s persona. Jackson’s image does not, by itself, describe anything about Defendants’ website."
A summary judgment means that the judge sees no reason for the case to move forward, because both parties agree on the material facts, and the law is clear.
TeeRoy's 2 Cents:
-1.50 did say that he was going to keep this thing going until WorldStar was broke.
--2.50 really know how to hold a grudge, huh.
---3.WorldStar pretty much has to try to settle now.