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181 Misc.2d 562 FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY 181 Misc.2d 562, 693 N.Y.S.2d 897, 27 Media L. Rep. 2177, 1999 N.Y. Slip Op. 99348 181 Misc.2d 562, 693 N.Y.S.2d 897

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Costanza v. Seinfeld N.Y.Sup.,1999. Supreme Court, New York County, New York. IAS Part 7. Michael COSTANZA, Plaintiff, v. Jerry SEINFELD et al., Defendants. June 21, 1999. Individual, who claimed fictional character in television program was based upon him, brought action against program's co-creators, television network, and production companies, seeking relief for violation of Civil Rights Law, being cast in a false light, invasion of privacy …. On defendants' motion to dismiss, the Supreme Court, New York County, Harold Tompkins, J., held that: (1) New York law does not recognize common law claims for invasion of privacy or being placed in a false light; (2) television program's fictional comedic presentation did not fall within scope of “trade” or “advertising” prohibited under statutes requiring prior written consent for use of a living person's name, portrait or picture for advertising or trade purposes …. Motion to dismiss granted …. West Headnotes [1] Pretrial Procedure 307A 679

379IV(B)3 Publications or Communications in General 379k352 False Light 379k354 k. Particular Cases in General. Most Cited Cases (Formerly 379k8.5(5.1), 379k8.5(4)) New York law did not recognize common law claims for invasion of privacy or being placed in a false light, for purposes of claims asserted against cocreators of television program, television network, and production companies, by individual who claimed that negative fictional character in television program was based upon him. [3] Torts 379 387

379 Torts 379IV Privacy and Publicity 379IV(C) Use of Name, Voice or Likeness; Right to Publicity 379k386 Conduct or Misappropriation Actionable in General 379k387 k. In General. Most Cited Cases (Formerly 379k8.5(6)) Television program's fictional comedic presentation did not fall within the scope of...
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