‘Flattery or freeloading? The use of look-a-likes within the context of image rights’

“‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness’, Oscar Wilde famously stated. Yet, the comical imitation of another work or person is not without controversy. Whilst some grin and bear the parody, others are less charmed by a spoof of their creation or persona. Max Verstappen, renowned F1 driver, proved to be the latter. In a case currently pending before the Dutch Supreme Court, Verstappen alleged that the use of a look-a-like in a commercial infringed his portrait/image rights …” (more)

[Jan Jacobi, The IPKat, 29 November]

First posted 2021-12-01 17:00:06

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