State high court says woman has right to sue in Georgia over 'Girls Gone Wild' video

Justices rule in video case

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ATLANTA — A Georgia woman whose image was used in advertisements for a Girls Gone Wild video without her authorization has grounds to sue the video’s producers under Georgia law, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

Lindsey Bullard was 14 in April 2000 when she exposed her breasts during spring break in Florida to a man with a video camera who later sold the clip for use in a Girls Gone Wild
video.

Bullard sued, seeking damages in 2004 after her image was used on a video cover and in television and online advertisements.

A federal judge said Georgia law on the matter was unclear and asked the Georgia Supreme Court to clarify whether Bullard had a viable claim.

In a unanimous opinion, high court Justice Harold Melton wrote that Bullard has the right to sue for “appropriation of likeness” under Georgia law despite the tape’s being shot in Florida.

A lawyer for the companies that produced the videos argued before the Georgia Supreme Court in November that the videos are an expressive work of entertainment entitled to First Amendment protection and that Bullard’s image had no commercial value.

Bullard went to Panama City, Fla., for spring break in April 2000. While walking with two other girls, she was approached by two men with a video camera who asked the girls to show their breasts. Bullard flashed her chest and received a string of plastic beads.

The men later sold the video to MRA Holding Inc. and Mantra Films Inc., which included it in a video titled Girls Gone Wild, College Girls Exposed. An image of Bullard pulled from the video was put on the cover of the tape, with a banner over her breasts that said, “Get Educated!”

She said she was bullied by teachers and students and suffered mental anguish after the videos popped up on TV and the Internet.

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/29/13 - 09:37 am
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then you should not have
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then you should not have lifted your shirt to show your "tiddays"..there's a word for actions and women how do this...."loose, fass, heaux, slut" so now you want to sue becasue of something you did..but its ggw's fault becasue they asked you to bear your "tiddays"...give me a break

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dichotomy 03/29/13 - 09:47 am
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I guess I'll never be a

I guess I'll never be a judge. My ruling is that she is an idiot, did it in public for a guy with a camera in exchange for compensation of beads, and therefore placed her little boobies into the public arena for use by anyone for any reason. It's no different than a bystander catching a picture of someone jumping off of a building and selling it to the newspapers and they run it on the front page.

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MarinerMan 03/29/13 - 09:56 am
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@dichotomy
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I would have to agree. While she was only 14 @ the time, she did the exposing, got paid by beads, case closed. I don't understand judges either sometimes. I'm assuming that there was never a "model release" done, so that's why they are saying that she has grounds to sue.

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rmwhitley 03/29/13 - 10:00 am
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Young lady,
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there are consequences to bad decisions. Your age is no excuse. Two punks in Brunswick would have you believe, along with their lowyers, that they are too young to have to be responsible for their actions.

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 03/29/13 - 10:40 am
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I guess my question....

....is why is a 14year old girl at a spring break beach in Florida? I doubt she was with her parents when this took place.

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GiantsAllDay 03/29/13 - 11:03 am
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The court said she has a

The court said she has a right to sue, not that she will win. Also, the parent company of GGW has filed for bankruptcy so even if she does win some kind of judgement, she'll have to get in line with the other creditors.

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