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.