A New York State appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit against the makers of “Grand Theft Auto V,” finding that a purported parody of Lindsay Lohan was protected speech under the First Amendment.
Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive Software in 2014, claiming the game featured a character that copied her ‘bikini, shoulder-length blonde hair, jewelry, cell phone, and signature peace sign’ pose without securing her permission. “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano launched a similar suit.
But in its ruling Thursday, the court found that the game contains original storylines and dialogue which renders it a work of fiction or satire and thus deserving of First Amendment protection. The court also noted that the game does not include any explicit reference to Lohan or Gravano.
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