The Schwarzenegger Bobblehead Case: Introduction and Statement of Facts
11 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2014 Last revised: 31 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2005
In May 2004, news media around the world buzzed after learning that Arnold Schwarzenegger, movie-star-turned-Governor of California, had filed a lawsuit against an Ohio manufacturer of bobblehead dolls bearing his name and likeness. The case presented a seemingly stark choice between the right of a celebrity-politician to protect his image against commercial appropriation and the First Amendment rights of the public to lampoon that image, and commentators hoped that the case would set a precedent regarding how those rights should be balanced. Just three months later, however, before any court ruling had been made, the parties announced that they had reached a settlement, leaving that important legal issue unresolved.
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