Woody Allen has settled a lawsuit against American Apparel for $5 Million. The suit was over two unauthorized billboards for American Apparel in New York and Los Angeles, in May of 2007. The billboards depicted Woody Allen as an Orthodox Jew in a still photo taken from his movie Annie Hall, along with Yiddish text declaring Allen “the High Rabbi.” This website, http://www.RightOfPublicity.com, is referenced in Business Week’s ( http://www.BusinessWeek.com ) coverage of the suit. Another interesting aspect of this situation is that the settlement is being reported and publicized. It is often difficult to ascertain the monetary aspects of a dispute without direct involvement.
TLL Daily Advisor has reported that a website is selling women’s thongs called “Teebows,” which are orange and blue in color. What happens when you consider this product from the standpoint of college football star Tim Tebow? And what happens when you consider that he plays for the Florida Gators, whose team colors are orange and blue? Reportedly, the website included an image of Tebow and the Gators logo. Another question concerns the restrictions college athletes are under to not license or endorse products. When Teebow thongs come along, does Tebow have the right to sue based on his intellectual property rights?