Court To Rule on Stooges T-Shirts
Mar. 18, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ California's Supreme Court will soitenly decide whether Gary Saderup has the right to market Three Stooges T-shirts.
The high court agreed Wednesday to review a $75,000 verdict against Saderup for producing T-shirts with charcoal sketches of Larry, Moe and Curly.
Comedy III Productions, which holds the commercial rights to the Three Stooges, had sued Saderup and won under a California law that prohibits the unauthorized commercial use of a dead celebrity's likeness.
On appeal, Saderup argued that he is an artist whose work in protected by the Constitution.