This is a sad sad situation. It seems as though everyone is attempting to think of new and creative ways to sue people/companies. I don't have a problem with being new and creative(that's why I like sega
) but seriousley, she's not the only person that wears fake eyelashes, she's not the only person that dresses in funky clothes and dyed their hair, and she certainly isn't the only person that dances. I'm also doubting she invented the phrase ooh-la-la(whether or not the name comes from that I don't know).
Maybe I should register and trademark my dark clothes and long hair as my unique and personal look so noone else can ever look like me.
I know it's been a long time since Dee-lite has had a hit, but if she needs money that bad maybe she could try getting a job?
Well actually if you look at other pictures at her and listen to her... hrmmm well I dunno I mean it doesn't seem THAT similar but if they did approach her I dont think it's just a coinsidence that they are so alike
You can't trademark your personal appearance. Otherwise satire and comedy would be impossible. Imagine the lawsuits Saturday Night Live would get (That's a variety comedy show for those outside of america). Sega was trying to entertain. If they didn't use her name, they can't be sued.
I think she just ran out of money and figured it was worth a shot.
I wouldn't dismiss this immediately. The game industry has a very strong tradition of grabbing influences left, right and center. (That doesn't mean Lady Kier is the only one to ever use that look, though.)
Anyway, at least in the US, satire and parody are protected forms of expression so it's not comparable.
If she ran out of money, suing a large company isn't exactly the best way to make money. Lawyer's fees are pretty expensive, especially against large corporations.
Satire and tabloids function on basically the good will of those they're writing about. There have been lawsuits in the past that tabloids have lost. SNL is one of those shows that no one worries whether or not their image will be damaged by their representation - it's a long running series with a strong history.
I would like to bring up one other thing that isn't in Sega's favor - remember the Nike debacle? That in itself is an admittance of guilt.