Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan’s much-publicised lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto V publisher Take-Two Interactive and developer Rockstar Games has been thrown out by a court, which ruled that the game was satire and therefore able to depict who it wanted however it pleased.
Lohan launched a lawsuit against the two companies in 2014, claiming a bikini-clad character used in promotional material for the game was a representation of her likeness. She had previously claimed that a character named Lacey Jonas was a representation of her likeness.
The initial lawsuit claimed the promotional material’s use of the peace sign was particularly indicative of its likeness to Lohan.
“The Plaintiff has been using the peace sign hand gesture for years before and after its use in the video game,” the complaint read.
Thankfully, the court dismissed these claims. The world is an okay place after all.
“This video game’s unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player’s ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire,” reads the ruling.
As for Lohan’s claim that Jonas also represented her, the court said that GTA V “does not fall under the statutory definitions of ‘advertising’ or ‘trade,’” and as such is protected by the First Amendment.