Olivia Munn vs. the Comic Book
We here at Graphic Policy have a bit of a crush on Olivia Munn, one of the hosts of G4’s Attack of the Show. On Thursday, Munn’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to online store Heavy Ink over it’s sale of Antarctic Press’s comic book Olivia Munn Celebrity Showdown.
The comic is described as:
Hollywood’s hottest geek girl, Olivia Munn, hosts G4’s Attack of the Show, but while at comic con, she is attacked by a swarm of fans. Unable to escape, her gamma-irradiated cells explode and unleash the fury of The 50-Foot Womunn. It’s the showdown of the century! Geeks vs Munn! Let’s get ready to rumble!!
The letter confuses the issue thinking the store is the creator and demands all copies be destroyed, yet the comic hasn’t been printed yet.
Heavy Ink took to the internet, posting both the letter from the lawyers and their response. Heavy Ink takes the lawyers to task. After pointing out they’re a store, and some proof that Munn is a public figure, they point out some law of their own:
Given these two websites, it is clear that she is a public figure. As
a public figure, the use of her likeness meets the tests for the
parody copyright exception set forth in both Campbell v. Acuff-Rose
Music, Inc. and the more recent Suntrust v. Houghton Mifflin.
As such, we have no intention of taking down our webpage, destroying
any inventory, or refusing to offer the comic for sale.
We think the greatest injustice is that really the comic should of been about G4’s resident comic geek Blair Butler, http://twitter.com/theblairbutler.