Misappropriation of publicity rights is alleged in the $2 million complaint as well as breach of an agreement not to use footage from the Bravo reality series, "Being Bobby Brown."
Showtime Networks, BBC, and the producers of a Whitney Houston documentary entitled Can I Be Me? have been hauled into court by the late singer's ex-husband Bobby Brown and the estate of daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. In a complaint filed Wednesday (Nov. 28) in New York federal court, the Brown family is seeking $2 million for their inclusion in the film.
"The film contains footage that Brown and BKB has never consented to have released," states the complaint. "Brown and BKB appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of thirty (30) minutes. The footage was actually recorded prior to the divorce in 2007 between Brown and Houston. Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the film. The footage of Brown is approximately fifteen (15) years old."
Brown claims that the film amounts to a misappropriation of publicity rights as well as a violation of the Lanham Act.