Selena Gomez is taking legal action againsta mobile fashion app who is profiting from her without her permission, and she may justget a really sweet pay-day! What’s up guys, it’s Emile Ennis Jr.
backhere with Clevver News bringing you all the news updates from my Clevver home studio, and let’s get one thing straight: Selena Gomez might be a reigning style icon, butshe’s definitely not just any face to market for a little extra cash.
Trust me, I totally get it — Selena’s fashiongame is top notch and there’s no doubt about it.
Ya’ll can slap her photos on your visionboard, pin her outfit of the days to your Pinterest page, but when it comes to makinga profit off of her for a video game centered around fashion AND without her consent, we’regonna have a problem.
We’re gonna get into all the legal talkhere in a second, but before we do, don’t forget to subscribe to Clevver News and ringthat bell to keep up with all the latest breaking news updates.
Alright, so according to court documents obtainedby E! News, Selena is involved in a bit of a legal scuffle with the software and technologyfirms who created the app Clothing Forever — Styling Game, claiming that she never gavethem permission for the creators to “use her name, image or likeness in any regard.
” The lawsuit was made against the company Tuesdayas Selena is seeking damages, a share of the profits and for them to put a complete stopto using her likeness as it threatens her reputation since it is a “bug-riddled”app that charges users.
All in all Selena is suing the mobile-gameapp for 10 million dollars! After her legal team pointed out a bad reviewfrom a user, Selena’s lawyer Alex Weingarten of Venable LLP told E! News QUOTE, “SelenaGomez's career as a model, actress, musician, and entrepreneur has made Selena a householdname.
Forgame, Mutanbox and these other fly-by-nightvideo game developers have attempted to profit off of Selena's signature look by misappropriatingher likeness and inviting players to style Selena without her consent.
Selena is a style icon.
This is an egregious violation of Selena'srights, which we will litigate vigorously to vindicate.
” Basically her legal team AINT MESSIN’ AROUNDand will do anything and everything to get Selena’s face off of this game! The visuals for the game use Selena’s 2015cover shoot for Flare Magazine and as you can see, the resemblance is pretty spot on, using every detail from her black leather mini dress to her accessories.
The photo is also the first screenshot fanssee on the app’s Apple Store listing to promote the game.
Users can find the game available for downloadon iPhone and iPad, and it also references many other similar celebrity figures.
It even references the celebrities in itsdescription, which reads, “Interact with the most beautiful models and celebrities;the likes of Kardashian, Gigi, Beyonce, Taylor, and more will be dropping by and asking forYOUR fashion advice!” Many of the characters look almost identicalto Taylor Swift, Gigi and Bella Hadid, David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Bieber, The Weekndand Kendall Jenner as seen in screenshots for the game as well as the game’s Instagramaccount.
The game gives users the option to “datesexy hunks like Leo, Justin, Zac or Messi” annnnd you can even DUMP said sexy hunks.
As you can easily tell, the profile photofor the game in the App store and on social media features characters who look almostexactly like Kendall and Gigi, and although the game alleges to be ‘free’, users tendto easily get sucked in to paying for in-game purchases that will enhance their experienceand get them further, which range from $0.
99 to $99.
The game was developed two years ago, andconsidering the fact that they neglected to ask Selena for consent, I’m actually mindblown that this game has lasted as long as it has.
But I’m curious to hear your thoughts onthe creators using all these celebrities — is it only a matter of time until other celebscatch on and it gets shut down? Be sure to chime in down here in the comments, but if some of these game reviews are any indication, I’m thinking the sun will soonbe setting on ‘Clothing Forever.
’ One user posted this review on the app thatread QUOTE, “Your character and all the celebs have such bad graphics and the celebslook NOTHING like how they look in the pictures when you download the game (except Kendall).
Maybe I quit before giving the game a realchance but it was so boring that I couldn’t keep on.
The cringe is real.
” Another user wrote, “It’s like no othergame I’ve ever played… really quite incredible how grimy they are.
My friends and I spend a lot of money on thisgame, which will soon come to an end, and they treat us like dog poo.
” So it’s really no wonder why Selena wantsOUT of every aspect of this damaging game, but unfortunately, this isn’t the firsttime a celeb has been forced to take legal action against a video game company for usingtheir image without consent.
Some other fun facts about celebs gettingtheir image stolen for video games go as follows! Lindsay Lohan filed a lawsuit against RockstarGames and Take Two-Interactive for basing a Grand Theft Auto 5 character on her in whichshe lost.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeirosued Fortnite back in 2018 for plagiarising his signature ‘Carlton Dance’ as one ofthe character’s moves throughout the game and shortly withdrew his suit in 2019.
It seems like Selena has plenty to go offof when it actually comes time to fight for the rights to HER OWN SELF in this unfortunatecase and of course we’ll always have her back! But we’re also breaking down why Demi claimsher and Selena aren’t friends, which you can click to watch right over here.
I'm Emile Ennis Jr.
with Clevver News, byeguys!.