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Oprah Winfrey Lawsuits

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by sammysilk, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. sammysilk

    sammysilk Guest

    I just recieved this email from one of my AM's

    Dear my name,

    We have recently been advised that a large number of US (and UK) affiliates have received US lawsuits from legal representatives of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey herself,and her on-air physician Dr. Mehmet Oz in relation to the use of their names in endorsements, testimonials, recommendations, and other product promotion activities.

    Subsequently, we are strongly urging all affiliates toremove ANY reference to any representative of the Oprah Winfrey show (and other 'celebrity endorsements') to avoid becoming the subject of possible immediate legal action.

    This is an urgent matter, and we recommend immediate action from all affiliates this relates to.

    Thank you,

    Dave Bird - Affiliate Network Manager
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    Just wondering if any of you have been hit by this yet or if you are worried? I was actually in the middle of going down this route but I think I might have to think again.:(
     
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  2. spsfinest

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    I knew it was only a matter of time before Oprah and Dr.Oz got pissed and sued. That's why I never bothered to use there names.
     
  3. the11

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    bunch of dumbarse wankers. i hope those affiliates get sued so hard that they'll have to file for bankruptcy.
     
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  4. sammysilk

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    What I want to know is, is it still OK to have their pictures on your site? e.g. "acai berry has been featured on Oprah" with a picture of her, which is true.

    Or is it only the people who have made up fake endorsements? e.g. "Dr Oz and Oprah say that superduperacaiberry is the best thing since sliced bread", which obviously is not true.
     
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    bert6911 Registered Member

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    I don't think its your allowed to feature her AT ALL without her permission. SO just give her a call... :p
     
  6. sammysilk

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    lol, yeah I think I have her on my IM list.
     
  7. spsfinest

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    I wouldn't use anything about them just say something like "acaiberryblast as seen on many popular television shows" you really don't need to mention any names, most people have heard of acai berry by now.
     
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    I actually seen a special about this on ABC news last night. Seems like when you piss a billionaire off bad things happen
     
  9. samspam

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    If something specific was said, you can quote them...but you can't say that they endorse it. You can't use their picture without their permission, but like I said, a quote is definitely fine.

    A lot of these affiliates used their names in domain names as well, and I think those are the ones getting hit with the really hard hammer. What do they care, though, I mean, they've probably made millions with those websites, so a little lawsuit for a couple of hundred grand...
     
  10. sammysilk

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    What about Oprah lookalikes?

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  11. MR.blackhat

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    ^Thats a good Blackhat trick. Bending the rules......^



    I also got that email from profitistic. She is crazy because she alreay have enough money.
     
  12. DrJekyll

    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    she just wants the money for using her name, nothing wrong with that. I am sure it is protected legally


    I like the lookalike angle, dont even need to use her name.
     
  13. samspam

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    Hehe, you can't use a lookalike, it's an intention of fraud.
     
  14. sammysilk

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    Is this true? Can you point me to more info on this as I can't seem to find any.
     
  15. H2oBoy

    H2oBoy Regular Member

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    Seriously..is your 'common sense' just not firing on all cylinders at the moment or what? :D

    Imagine this if you will...

    Surfer runs across an ad online that touts 'the next greatest thing since slice bread' and it's got "As Seen on Popular TV Shows" sprinkled across the top of the sales page...and just below that is a Oprah "Look Alike" (A mighty good one too I might add!)...thus you're INSINUATING that "Oprah Winfrey" has endorsed said product/service...when in FACT it's Mr. Imma Impersonator...imagine what would happen when said buyers find out that wasn't the REAL Oprah? I'm sure their 'fraud' light mounted on their laptops will ring like a fire engine house! :D
     
  16. stunna

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    Yeah the courts will see your obvious intent to deceive consumers.

    The law isn't THAT dumb. :)