Country music star Taylor Swift's "topless photo" caused waves with the star - and her attorneys. Swift's lawyers allege that the risqué photo, posted on gossip site Celebrity Jihad, is not her.
Despite this, the website still hasn't taken down the offending images.
Naturally, Swift's attorneys threatened legal action. In a letter to Celebrity Jihad, they wrote that unless the false pornographic images and news about the starlet is taken down, they will sue for trademark infringement.
In what situations would celebrities consider trademarking their names?
A star may want some additional protections when it comes to protecting their image. It can be in a star's best financial interest to make sure their name isn't used inappropriately.
For example: if a star's likeness is used in pornographic material.
Swift generally has a pretty clean reputation. It's not too surprising that her attorneys would like to ensure that this photo doesn't sully her image.
But so far, Celebrity Jihad's response has been peculiar to say the least. Many online publications will backtrack at a letter threatening legal action and take down whatever material is disputed. Not so in this case: the website posted a response, declaring that if Swift converted to Islam they would gladly take the photo down, reports the New York Post.
What exactly is Celebrity Jihad up to here? Hard to say, but it's safe to say that if Taylor Swift's topless photos remain on the site, most likely her attorneys will make good on their threat of legal action.
- Taylor Swift Denies Nude Photo Is Her, Threatens Legal Action (The Hollywood Reporter)
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