Lindsay Lohan doesn’t like being featured in a video game

Troubled celebrity Lindsay Lohan has sued the makers of Grand Theft Auto V. She claims that a character in the game is her. Apparently, players are supposed to drive like maniacs to help the character avoid the paparazzi. I don’t play the game, and I don’t give a hoot about Lohan’s life in the news. Therefore, it’s hard for me to know whether her suit has merit. 

Generally speaking, however, her case might have a leg to stand on. The right of publicity is carefully guarded by the courts and legislatures. Even Indiana has a right of publicity statute. If Lohan can prove that the character in the game is a depiction of some part of her persona, she’ll be able to afford to buy more than a few copies of the game. 

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Who owns Johnny Manziel’s name?

According to this opinion piece, the NCAA. And the writer isn’t too happy about it. I can’t say that I disagree with him. Texas A&M is making a fortune off of him, as is the NCAA. And yet the rules don’t allow Manziel to make any money off of his success—unless he wants to give up his eligibility.

This rule, that athletes should not be paid for their athleticism, exists for a lot of good reasons. If Manziel broke it, I don’t have any problem with him being penalized. But the NCAA has a tougher time in the public eye when it penalizes him with one hand while pocketing millions of dollars with the other hand.

More on this topic a little later.