Tom Waits Sues Over Personality Rights
Last year, Waits was approached by Adam Opel AG, a unit of General Motors Corp., about doing television ads. He declined, citing his policy of not doing commercials. Opel went ahead and hired someone who sounded enough like Tom Waits to fool his fans, and used music and instrumentation reminiscent of Tom Waits, and produced a TV commercial that was aired in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Now, Waits is seeking damages of $280,000 and any profits derived from the ads, citing his "personality rights."
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