Some of our readers might recall our timely reporting on an American Apparel ad showing Woody Allen as a rebbe, using an image taken from Annie Hall. As we reported, the ad was taken down quickly after Allen’s lawyers contacted American Apparel.
It seems that taking it down quickly didn’t appease Mr. Allen, who is suing American Apparel for $10 million for “blatant misappropriation and commercial use of Allen’s image” which he and his lawyers find to be “especially egregious and damaging” since he does not permit use of his image in advertisements here in the US and because American Apparel, according to the lawsuit, is known for the “racy” images in its ads.
$10 million seems to be a fair price to pay for a national advertising campaign. Dov Charney might want to put up the billboard again and point all the national media outlets which have covered this story to the ad.
Good luck to all parties involved!