In a move away from normal mainstream media concerning ‘Ri Ri’ and her hit music, or love life, reports are surfacing that she is being sued by her former body guard Geoffrey Keating, for defamation, for comments made about him which are described as ‘nauseatingly offensive’, by means of an email that Rihanna sent about him last year.
Allegations of defamation can be very difficult to prove. Matters turn largely on evidential issues, and often require the Court to determine matters of fact, which can only be done at trial. However, in certain cases, an uber-aggressive application can be made to strike the case out, often on procedural grounds, as prescribed under the Civil Procedure Rules. If a case cannot show the Court bonafide grounds of success because it has been pleaded badly or defectively, then it is fair game to a strike out application. This is exactly what happened in the case of Reynolds v Bovey.
The recent case of Josh Grant highlights that even in the most emotional of circumstances software providers, such as Apple are unwilling to release sensitive user data in the absence of a Court Order.
For an adult film star, your image and your brand are everything. The manner in which you act is unique and therefore subject to copyright protection. This is particularly apparent to girls working on ‘call in shows’. Your copyright is exclusive TO YOU: it belongs TO YOU, and you make money out of it. Money is received by you from the company that you contract with, often the same company that operates and manages the ‘call in shows’.