, Here’s Why Celine Dion Could Sue The Las Vegas Golden Knights – But Won’t, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Here’s Why Celine Dion Could Sue The Las Vegas Golden Knights – But Won’t

, Here’s Why Celine Dion Could Sue The Las Vegas Golden Knights – But Won’t, The Nzuchi News Forbes

The law can move mountains and this is one such case. Looking to have fun with rival Montreal Canadiens fans, the Las Vegas Golden Knights posted this photo of Quebec-born Celine Dion on the T-Mobile Arena jumbotron ahead of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal’s against the Canadiens:


Dion confirmed via her Twitter account that she never gave the Knights permission to use her likeness (in case you don’t read French, I’m from Montreal and speak French so you can trust me when I when I tell you that’s what it says):

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As per Nevada’s Right of Publicity statute, there is a right of publicity in a person’s name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness. These are called personality rights.

And if you want to use someone’s personality rights in the state of Nevada, you need that person’s written consent. There are a few exceptions under the Nevada statute, but none apply here.

So you have personality rights and those rights cannot be commercially used without your written consent.

, Here’s Why Celine Dion Could Sue The Las Vegas Golden Knights – But Won’t, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Given that Dion has confirmed that she did not provide her consent (let alone written consent) to the Knights, she can sue the team over the appropriation of her personality rights.

While she can sue, she won’t. She has lived in Las Vegas for over 15 years and is part of the community’s identity. She’s also made a great living in Las Vegas over the years. Suing would make absolutely no sense. If she’s really bothered by the use of her likeness in this context, then a quick email to the Knights gently requesting that they not use her likeness again would do the trick.

If she sues, she risks being all by herself.

Just walk away.

So that’s the way it is.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

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