Friday, November 28, 2008

Don't poke Sarkozy

So a French company decided as a joke to put out a voodoo doll kit (complete with pins) of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy, not thinking it was funny, sued the company, citing a French law that says a person owns the right to their own image.

A French court ruled in favor of the company on the grounds of freedom of expression. An appeals court has now upheld that ruling, with one small change: they ordered the dolls be sold with a warning that using the included needles on the doll "constitutes an attack on the personal dignity of Mr. Sarkozy."

The moral of this story: don't poke Sarkozy.
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