Comedian Kathy Griffin filed a lawsuit against a company that owns KathyGriffin.com, claiming they are making money off her name and image.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 16 seeking $100,000 in damages and the domain as well as an injunction to enjoin the defendants from further using her name, pictures and likeness for the Web site.
Griffin said she was contacted in July by the owners offering the site for sale for $3,500.
Since then, Griffin claims, the site is composed entirely of commercial content and is operated through a portal that generates revenue through click-through advertisements.
The site, using a Trafficz.com landing page, featured the words “Kathy Griffin standup comedian” and “My Life on the D-List.”
The site, however, has already been changed. Pulling it up now, it reads, “Are you looking for Kathy’s official website? It’s located at KathyGriffin.net.”
The domain has privacy protection.
The lawsuit alleges that the “Defendants are also trading on plaintiff’s good reputation and recognizable name for a commercial purpose, converting the potential economic value in plaintiff’s identity to their advantage and reaping the uncompensated benefit from the unauthorized use of plaintiff’s name and identity”