Lohan V. Rockstar Court Case Results

 Court considers GTA5 "a work of fiction and satire"

It has taken a long time to come to a conclusion on the issue that was originally brought forward back in 2014 after Lindsay Lohan accused Rockstar of using her "likeness" without her permission in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V.

"Lohan argues that defendants purposefully used Lohan's bikini, shoulder-length blonde hair, jewelry, cell phone, and 'signature peace sign' pose' in one image, and used Lohan's likeness in another image by appropriating facial features, body type, physical appearance, hair, hat, sunglasses, jean shorts, and loose white top,"
Pictured: Lacey Jonas in Grand Theft Auto V
The courts have deemed that the evidence did not warrant a case. It has ruled that the hearings would not succeed due to the game never once using Lohan's name (whether verbalised or in text) or image.

The court further found that even if there were grounds to support that the character in the game (Lacey Jonas) was in fact based on Lohan, the video game would fall into a category that is outside the statutory definition of "advertising" and would not be in any violation. 

The court ruled that "this video game's unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player's ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire," and dismissed the case.

The outcome is as expected and confirms the fact that the original complaint was ridiculous to begin with. What do you think?

Lucas Aurelius
Aussie Gamers Express

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