.

Lindsay Lohan Loses Lawsuit Against Pitbull

Actress sued rapper for using her name in a song

Lindsay Lohan Loses Lawsuit Against Pitbull
Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
February 23, 2013 5:56 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan has lost the defamation lawsuit she filed against Pitbull for using her name in a lyric, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The judge handling the case dismissed her suit on Thursday, ruling that the song was protected under the First Amendment as a work of art.

Lohan filed suit against the rapper in 2011, after he released the track "Give Me Everything." She claimed that the line "I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan" was a violation of her privacy and publicity rights, and had caused her emotional distress. Pitbull initially apologized for the rhyme, but later filed a countersuit; his attorneys asked that the court sanction Lohan for filing a frivolous claim.

Pitbull's Global Hustle Can't Be Stopped

U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley ruled that Lohan's publicity and privacy claim doesn't apply in regards to a work of art. "The fact that the Song was presumably created and distributed for the purpose of making a profit does not mean that plaintiff's name was used for 'advertising' or 'purposes of trade' within the meaning of the New York Civil Rights Law," he wrote in the ruling.

The judge declined to sanction Lohan for filing a frivolous suit, on the grounds that there wasn't enough precedent to demonstrate beforehand that Lohan could not win her case against Pitbull. He did, however, fine Lohan's attorney $750 for an "affront to the court": Her court briefs were reportedly plagiarized from newspapers, law firms and educational websites. 

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com