Lady Miss Kier Sues Over Image Theft
Flamboyant British singer Lady Miss Kier (real name: Kierin Kirby) believes a video game has stolen her image. The artist filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week against the U.S. arm of vidFlamboyant British singer Lady Miss Kier (real name: Kierin Kirby) believes a video game has stolen her image. The artist filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week against the U.S. arm of video game publisher Sega Corp., alleging the 2000 game "Space Channel 5" used her likeness without her permission.
Kirby found international fame in the early 1990s as lead singer of Deee-Lite. She claims in the suit that the "Ulala" character in the game too closely resembles her, right down to the pink ponytailed hair, short skirt and knee-high boots, and signature cry of "Ooh La La." A spokeswoman for Sega was not immediately available for comment.
According to the lawsuit, representatives of Sega offered Kirby about $16,000 to license her name, likeness, and recordings for the game. She said she declined to grant such a license and claimed Sega appropriated her image anyway for the game's main character. Kirby also claimed the name "Ulala" is deceptively similar to the phrase "Ooh La La," which she uses in her recordings. The suit asks for damages of at least $750,000.
An updated version of the game in dispute is set to be released in Japan this summer for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 2.
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