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Court Rules that Rapper can Insult Actress

In 2011 rapper Pitbull released a song called “Give me Everything,” where he says, “So I’m tiptoein’ to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan,”  And Lohan’s people sued.

The judge ruled that Pitbull’s song was protected by the first amendment and that even though the rapper was making money off of the song that he wasn’t using her name specifically to make money.

Judge Hurley stated that “does not mean that plaintiff’s name was used for ‘advertising’ or ‘purposes of trade’.”

Do you agree with this?  Does becoming a public figure means that your likeness can be used in art or music to express a point or idea?  Would the ruling be the same if Lohan was a regular private citizen?

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