Hoodie Allen: Director Sues American Apparel for Billboards

Woody Allen has filed a 10 million dollar lawsuit against American Apparel for “blatant misappropriation and commercial use” of his image. The clothing company best known for it’s fleece apparel and spread-eagled images (or “provocative photography” as Allen’s camp puts it) used a still of Woody costumed as a Hasidic Jew in his 1977 Oscar winner, Annie Hall in New York and Hollywood billboards (image from Curbed L.A.), as well as in internet ads. Woody says that he does not endorse any products or services in the U.S., making the unauthorized use of his likeness in the ads “especially egregious and damaging.” (Variety)

Posted by Ted Zee on March 31st 2008 | Home Page | 5 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

5 Responses

  1. William Says:

    Dumb for AA. Real dumb.

    There’s something really annoying about AA just smacking their name on a still. I mean, wtf?

    What’s the connection?

  2. Mike Says:

    I really think aa did their homework on this one. Let’s look to the past for an answer. Falwell lost against Hustler. Clearly, this is a parody and since Mr Allen is a public figure, aa is protected. The lack of connection further proves the parody. Like Falwell, Woody will go home with nothing. Well, that’s not exactly true. Some much needed publicity after his leave of absence.

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