Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  14 responses

Orlando Magic Sued By a Fan for Using Her Photo in Ads

You’d think that an Orlando Magic fan would have much larger concerns regarding the team, but alas, this particular Magic enthusiast has filed a legal complaint against Orlando’s hoops team for allegedly profiting from her image without permission. Reports the Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic billboard featuring Kristi Slavin’s face shouted, ‘BE LOUD.’ And now she is. Slavin has sued the basketball franchise, claiming it used a photo of her face and upper body — without her permission — in a marketing campaign. The picture, taken at the Amway Center during the Magic’s 2011 playoff run, shows the fan, now 30, in a Dwight Howard jersey, her arms raised and cheering. The image appeared on light-post banners, in a tourist magazine and, enlarged, on the back of a Lynx bus. The lawsuit, filed last month by Winter Park attorney Hank Hornsby, contends the Magic profited from the commercial and promotional use of Slavin’s face and body, but the team neither compensated nor consulted her. Magic spokesman Joel Glass said the team was aware of the lawsuit, but he would not comment further. [...] The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $15,000, the statutory limit for a civil claim in Circuit Court.”

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  • i_ball

    That’s what fans do:x Amercans…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Oblaw/100002023943652 Bob Oblaw

    as soon as you enter the arena or stadium, the league has a right to use any image they want. you should wear a bag over your head if you dont want your face in pictures. you know how they say all brodcasts andimages belong to the nba or nfl and any other use is illegal? that also means your image is included if you are at the game. i hope she doesnt get a dime and they ban her from the arena.

  • d

    I don’t think thats what they mean , its one thing to have your face shown in a clip or game footage its another thing to start a marketing campaign with someones image that didn’t agree to it

  • Sizzle

    It’s actually pretty interesting. I disagree with the first poster. Use of a photo like that would probably require some written authorization/consent from the individual in the photo. I don’t think that consent is “implied” when you enter an arena…

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.niggliazzo Frank Salvatore Niggliazzo


    If that magazine in France and another one in Italy can publish “nekkid pitchers” of the Dutchess of Cambridge…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743613835 Bigg Russ

    Using my image CONSISTENTLY, in this manner, means I’m owed a check. Period.

  • Don Ackerman

    Would it be so hard for the Magic to throw her something from the team (anything Dwight signed, a player’s shoes, etc) to show their thanks? If she said no thanks, how long could it take to find a fan who would say “Heck yeah!”?

  • http://twitter.com/D12FSU Daniel Harris

    are you kidding, I would love to be a part of a marketing campaign for a pro basketball team

  • LakeShow

    I do it at every game I attend.
    What’s a sporting event without a lawsuit?
    Merica! Fuck YA! Here to save da mother FACKiin Daaaaaayyyyyyyy!

  • tylerdurden@fightclub.com

    which they cant hence the firing of the director and ban of further publishment…

  • bike

    If she hadn’t shaved her armpits, this would have never happened.

  • John Papillon

    She just wants her 15 minutes of fame & is only money hungry.Hopefully the Magic won”t pay here a dime.If they pay her then more people will get that idea and sue for image use at a basketball game.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    will if she had read the back of the season tickets, she would’ve not filed any complaint.

  • al

    you will need ti get a sex change pronto