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Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation

Right of Publicity Case Roundup

Several recent court rulings aptly demonstrate how the right of publicity continues to be a vital cutting-edge area of celebrity law.

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Several recent court rulings aptly demonstrate how the right of publicity continues to be a vital cutting-edge area of celebrity law. Two of these decisions involved the interplay of state right of publicity laws with federal statutes. The other ruling found a Nevada court looking to California to determine at what litigation stage an affirmative transformative use defense may be raised, then whether the “Duke Caboom” character from the animated movie Toy Story 4 violated the descendible right of publicity of celebrated motorcycle risk-taker Evel Knievel.

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