Dangerfield Settles With Web Site
Dec. 04, 1998
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Rodney Dangerfield found nothing funny about an Internet site that allegedly used his likeness without permission.
The comedian reached a settlement with Epoch Networks Inc. after suing the company for $2.8 million. The 77-year-old claimed Epoch pirated his name and likeness for its own commercial purposes.
The company denied the allegations and admitted no wrongdoing in last week's settlement. Terms were not disclosed.
Epoch's president, Scott Purcell, said only that he and Dangerfield decided to ``agree to disagree.''
In a statement through his lawyer, Dangerfield said: ``the lawsuit and the settlement send a message to everyone on the Internet that the system works and can protect celebrity rights.''
Dangerfield contracted with Epoch to operate his Web site in 1995. He has since switched Internet service companies.