Celebrity Smackdown: Walking the Red Carpet Is Consent, Judge Says

June 7, 2011

By David Walker

photo of Jones © Frank Trapper / Corbis

Shirley Jones sued Corbis for marketing pictures like the one shown here without permission, but a court dismissed the claim, saying Jones gave consent through her actions.

A federal court in Los Angeles has dismissed actress Shirley Jones’s right of publicity claims against Corbis, saying she effectively consented to having her picture taken at red carpet events–and to having those images displayed for the purpose of licensing the copyrights. After dismissing all the claims, the court ordered Jones to pay the photo agency’s legal costs. The ruling...

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