Manuel Noriega Loses Right of Publicity Suit Against Activision (Guest Blog Post)

24 11 2014

By guest blogger Tyler Ochoa

What does former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega have in common with former NFL running back Jim Brown and a host of former college athletes?  All of them are suing videogame companies for using their likenesses in videogames without their permission; and all of them have had to battle arguments that the First Amendment prohibits a state from enjoining or awarding damages for such use.  While the college athletes have so far succeeded in fending off the First Amendment defense, a California trial court recently ruled against Noriega.


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