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Woody Allen Strips American Apparel of $5 Million

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Posted on May 18, 2009
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Woody Allen, replete with ruffled feathers, arrives at the federal courthouse in New York on Monday.

Woody Allen walked away with $5 million American Apparel dollars on Monday in a settlement of his lawsuit against the hipster-magnet clothing company. The actor-director had sued American Apparel for $10 million after the company put up billboards with an ad showing Allen dressed as a rabbi—an image taken from a scene from “Annie Hall”—without his permission. 

The Wall Street Journal:

Court papers filed on Mr. Allen’s behalf had described the actor-director as one of the most influential figures in the history of American film, and say he believes maintaining strict control over his image has been critical to his success.

The papers claimed Mr. Allen hasn’t done commercials in the United States since 1960s, when he was a struggling stand-up comic. The billboards, he says, falsely implied he endorsed a clothing line known for its racy advertising—a “blatant misappropriation and commercial use of Allen’s image.”

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By Blackspeare, May 22, 2009 at 8:28 am Link to this comment

I wonder if American Apparel had used a picture of the Pope would the Vatican have sued for inappropriate use of a “commercial” icon?

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By samosamo, May 21, 2009 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

Why is this article even here on this site?

Anyone want to bet it remains here until late next week?

TD is better than this so drop this post and put something of informative worthiness in its place because this is MSM fluff BS.

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By coloradokarl, May 21, 2009 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

I am amazed this “chomo” is still alowed in public…

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By Counsel, May 20, 2009 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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Funny that people care about him or support him based on his past mistakes.  Sometimes, mistakes affect how people look at you. 

I do not think that any “genius” makes up for actions taken by some people (even if the “genius” is only perceived).  Give me a break…date and marry your daughter?  Yes, imagine the conversation and all they have in common…

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By grumpynyker, May 19, 2009 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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The court should have taken that judgment and donated it to charity that aids abused women/children.

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