Canadian Co., Lamarr Settle Dispute
Dec. 02, 1998
OTTAWA (AP) _ A Canadian software company has reached a settlement in its legal squabble with legendary Hollywood film star Hedy Lamarr.
Under an agreement announced Tuesday, Lamarr has granted Corel Corp., a developer of business software, an exclusive five-year license to use her image on the company's line of graphics tools.
Details of the agreement were not disclosed by either party.
The dispute erupted when the 84-year-old Lamarr _ billed in the 1930s as one of the world's most beautiful woman _ took the Ottawa company to court earlier this year for using her youthful image without consent. She was seeking millions of dollars.
Corel had taken an interest in Lamarr because of a technological link.
Back in 1941, in addition to being a screen siren, Lamarr was instrumental in pioneering a wireless data communications system that was a precursor of contemporary mobile phone and wireless Internet access technologies.
For her efforts, the Austrian-born beauty received the prestigious Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award.
Lamarr, who lives in seclusion in Florida, said through her lawyer that the agreement was mutually beneficial and that she looked forward to continued success for Corel.
The new version of the software will debut next year with new packaging.