Do You Vanna Dance With Lawyers?
Imitation might be the sincerest flattery, but don't try it on Madison Avenue anymore. Vanna White is suing Samsung Electronics for using her image in a print ad--in the form of a letter-turning blond robot. California, where the Wheel of Fortune lady has launched her suit, is one of several states with "right to publicity" statutes. The law bars using celebrity look-alikes or sound-alikes without the celeb's O.K. That's how Bette Midler won a $400,000 settlement when Ford Motor used a bogus Divine Miss M in a voice-over, warbling Do You Wanna Dance? in a Mercury Sable commercial.
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