Playboy won't pull its March issue over actress Jessica Alba's claim that she was made an unwitting cover girl to fool readers into thinking she is nude inside, the magazine said on Friday...
Alba accuses Playboy of violating her rights and misleading the public by getting a publicity photo from her 2005 movie "Into the Blue" from Sony Pictures and running it on the cover -- complete with a bunny logo superimposed on her bikini top.
This is definitely not my area of expertise, but this one just doesn't pass the smell test. It seems unfair to Alba and the poor hapless readers who just wanted to see some skin, or--ahem--read the articles.
Legally, I don't see how they can use her likeness on the cover of the magazine without her consent, at the very least. That being said, I don't doubt that Playboy has excellent lawyers on retainer that approved this move. So, quite possibly, I simply don't know what I'm talking about.
Anyone out there know anything about this area of the law? What do you think? Does she have a leg to stand on?