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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the get-me-off-that-thing dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Astronaut Bruce McCandless is suing Dido for her album cover that uses a famous NASA photograph of a tiny, tiny, tiny McCandless floating in space. McCandless doesn't own the copyright on the photo, so he's claiming it's a violation of his publicity rights ... except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him."

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Broken News... (3, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | about 4 years ago | (#33819896)

A NASA astronaut you've never heard of is suing a signer you've never heard of. We've launched investigations into both of these people and will try to explain who they are. Your Late Local News is next.

Wait, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33819934)

Dido knows sign language??

Re:Wait, what? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820382)

I just dropped a fat deuce. Literally.

I was in the bathroom stall, a nice fat turd (pilfered from the john) in hand. I was about to bite into the fecal feast (left by a young stud who forgot to flush) when a couple guys came in the bathroom. It freaked me out and I dropped the turd. I thought about picking it up off the floor, but that's unsanitary. Oh, well, tomorrow's another day.

In Other News... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820074)

We know the submitter of this post is from a marketing agency by the blatant attempts made (several times in a short amount of text) to lead the reader to a conclusion.

We also know Slashdot has utterly sold out, as the said marking drone somehow circumvented the tradition of being called an anonymous coward: "An anonymous reader writes".

Re:In Other News... (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit 27 (1916932) | about 4 years ago | (#33820662)

slashdot = stagnated

Re:Broken News... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820236)

a signer you've never heard of

You've seriously never heard of Dido? That's like never hearing of Scotch tape or underpants. You'd have to be feral to pull that off.

Re:Broken News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820286)

Why would you wear pants under your skin?

Re:Broken News... (5, Informative)

TheoMurpse (729043) | about 4 years ago | (#33820266)

"a singer you've never heard of"
You've gotta be trolling. 21 million copies sold of her debut album, MTV Music awards, BRIT awards, Grammy nominated, #98 best selling of the 21st century, duet with Eminem, music featured in a big movie, song the opening theme of a US TV show, haircut named after her, sold-out world tours...

I mean, I can only name like three or four of her songs from the early 2000s, but "a singer you've never heard of"?! Come on!

Re:Broken News... (1)

LostCluster (625375) | about 4 years ago | (#33820300)

Oh, I'm actually a fan of Dido ever since I saw her perform on Kilborn's Late Late Show in the early 2000s... just being so interfered with the joke.

Re:Broken News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820440)

If the joke doesn't make sense to the person telling it, it's probably not worth telling.

Re:Broken News... (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 4 years ago | (#33820754)

Whoooosh. Thank you, Captain Literal.

Re:Broken News... (2, Interesting)

theskipper (461997) | about 4 years ago | (#33820402)

In fairness, the singer's music may be familiar but not the name. That happens a lot.

In this case I'm in the same boat as the gp. Never heard of this singer (or even how to pronounce her name) but that's because I haven't watched MTV in a very long time.

Re:Broken News... (3, Insightful)

quickOnTheUptake (1450889) | about 4 years ago | (#33820434)

even how to pronounce her name

Just like the first queen of Carthage.

Re:Broken News... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820580)

Not everyone is into bullshit pop culture garbage.

Re:Broken News... (0, Offtopic)

HisMother (413313) | about 4 years ago | (#33820594)

Who the fuck is Eminem?

Re:Broken News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820834)

Lame. Has nothing to do with this post.

Re:Broken News... (1, Troll)

harmonise (1484057) | about 4 years ago | (#33820866)

I've heard of Dido only once about 10 years ago because a coworker liked her music. I haven't listened to any of her songs that I'm aware of.

But just to play devil's advocate and provide some perspective for you...

21 million copies sold of her debut album

There are 6.8 billion people in the world and she sold only 21 million albums. Only 0.3 percent of the population has bought her stuff. She doesn't seem to be that popular.

MTV Music awards

MTV caters to a very narrow subset of musical genres and artists. There's far more in the musical landscape than what they represent.

BRIT awards

I have no idea what that is.

Grammy nominated

That doesn't mean much. The Grammys are the opposite of the MTV music awards as there are Grammys for all types of music, even polka [wikipedia.org] . And nominated doesn't mean they won. Many artists have been nominated.

#98 best selling of the 21st century

#98 world wide counting all countries music sales across all genres?

duet with Eminem

Isn't Eminem a rapper/hip-hop artist? There are a lot of people who don't listen to that. For example, I listen to jazz and classical. I'd be hard pressed to name more than a couple of artists outside of those two genres. For example, I couldn't name any other rappers except for Ice-T (because he's in Law and Order) and Timbaland (because he was on slashdot having been caught as a plagiarist).

music featured in a big movie

I've never seen a movie where they display the name of the song and artist currently playing. If you didn't know of the song beforehand, you won't magically know the artist just because it was playing in a movie.

song the opening theme of a US TV show

There are thousands of US TV shows. Not everyone watches the same ones.

haircut named after her

Is that a measure of success? I can't think of any haircuts with names other than a crew cut.

sold-out world tours

This is only of note to people who have heard of her and want to buy her product. The same can be said of many artists that most of us have never heard of. Lana Lane [lanalane.com] has had several sold-out world tours. I doubt most people have heard of her.

Re:Broken News... (1)

TheoMurpse (729043) | about 4 years ago | (#33820902)

You have, of course, ignored the fact that I was responding to the assertion that Dido is not famous, not that everyone is heard of her.

So while you have brilliantly demonstrated how it is possible for someone not to know who she is, you have not demonstrated that she is categorically unknown, as the poster I responded to (jokingly) asserted.

Re:Broken News... (0, Troll)

Aethedor (973725) | about 4 years ago | (#33820706)

That too-high fly boy needs to get his feet back on rhe ground and start breathing some oxygen. Whatever common sense he got, he surely lost it in space.

Re:Broken News... (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 4 years ago | (#33820728)

As far as I'm concerned Dido has one purpose... to sing I want to thank you which a portion of is used in an album by a singer bamed Eminem whose name you might actually recognize.

Re:Broken News... (1)

WCguru42 (1268530) | about 4 years ago | (#33820896)

a signer you've never heard of.

Who is the sign maker named Dido?

It's Dido (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33819900)

It's Dido. Who's going to see the album cover anyway?

Re:It's Dido (1, Flamebait)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 4 years ago | (#33820154)

I'd agree with you, but then get modded flamebait. Ahh... fuck it.

Re:It's Dido (1, Flamebait)

Boigaz (789379) | about 4 years ago | (#33820330)

true. she's shite. bland pop music. she only got anywhere because eminem sampled her.

What a DILDO !! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33819918)

DyelDo?

New line of work ! (1, Funny)

volcan0 (1775818) | about 4 years ago | (#33819922)

Now that they are mostly out of work, they need a way to sustain their hooker needs !

Of Course (3, Funny)

longacre (1090157) | about 4 years ago | (#33819928)

If there were a picture of you under a word closely resembling "Dildo" you'd be upset, too.

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstro (1)

syousef (465911) | about 4 years ago | (#33820026)

If there were a picture of you under a word closely resembling "Dildo" you'd be upset, too.

Not as much as if my name closely resembled it. Her full name is "Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong". It doesn't even fit in the subject line for this post, and it's not a stage name. Her parents should be shot.

Re:Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Arms (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#33820042)

If there were a picture of you under a word closely resembling "Dildo" you'd be upset, too.

Not as much as if my name closely resembled it. Her full name is "Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong". It doesn't even fit in the subject line for this post, and it's not a stage name. Her parents should be shot.

That would certainly be the most decisive event in their lives to date.

Re:Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Arms (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 4 years ago | (#33820770)

No kidding. Let's see...if I'm guessing right here:

Dido - Carthaginian (~Tunisia, so North African)
Florian - makes me think Florence, which is in Italy
de Bounevialle - definitely sounds French
O'Malley - Irish
Armstrong - pretty stereotypically a U.S. English name

Maybe all her friends call her "Cablinasian" for short ;-)

Re:Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Arms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820384)

That's even worse than Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat.

Re:Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Arms (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 4 years ago | (#33820778)

Well, at least I can guess how to correctly pronounce all except "de Bounevialle" on the first try...okay, that and "Dido" (50-50 chance).

Re:Of Course (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 4 years ago | (#33820818)

If there were a picture of you under a word closely resembling "Dildo" you'd be upset, too.

I don't see why. It's obvious that Bruce McCandless is an astronomical dick.

That's why he's suing,so people will know it's him (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | about 4 years ago | (#33819936)

except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him.

By suing, everyone will know it's him, regardless of how tiny he is in the picture, thus giving him grounds to sue. So if he doesn't sue, he has no grounds to sue, therefore he must sue!

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (3, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#33819994)

except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him.

By suing, everyone will know it's him, regardless of how tiny he is in the picture, thus giving him grounds to sue. So if he doesn't sue, he has no grounds to sue, therefore he must sue!

I am familiar with the picture but I didn't know it was McCandless. Given that he actually got paid to do something which I will never be able to pay to be able to do, I don't have a lot of sympathy for him.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (0, Redundant)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 4 years ago | (#33820028)

I'm assuming the picture was taken with NASA equipment on a NASA spacecraft. In other words, it's the US Government's picture. I don't really see how he has grounds to sue, particularly as nothing in the picture at all can be said to show his identity.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (5, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | about 4 years ago | (#33820006)

By suing, everyone will know it's him, regardless of how tiny he is in the picture, thus giving him grounds to sue. So if he doesn't sue, he has no grounds to sue, therefore he must sue!

And what we can't see in the photo is that under the space suit, it's really Chewbacca. Which makes no sense.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 4 years ago | (#33820082)

It was labeled "Pilot's space suit" and Chewbacca happened to be the pilot for that trip. That was why he was wearing it.

Getty Images charged Dido for the photo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820172)

so why shouldn't he get paid too? You'd think he has a better claim than some stock photo outfit, eh?

Re:Getty Images charged Dido for the photo... (1)

multiben (1916126) | about 4 years ago | (#33820248)

Really? What an idiotic thing to say. Should the manufacturer of the space suit also get paid? Should everyone who ever appears in any commercial photo get paid for having done so?

Re:Getty Images charged Dido for the photo... (1)

SudoGhost (1779150) | about 4 years ago | (#33820934)

Everyone who ever appears in any commercial photo isn't a public figure. Plus, let's say you did something that awesome, and some washed up singer named Vagia made the photo of that an album cover.

I wouldn't be happy about it.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (1)

tongting (1905748) | about 4 years ago | (#33820054)

This calls for the smiling cigar guy. Somebody get busy with photoshop.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 4 years ago | (#33820252)

Dammit where is my like button.. oh wait....

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (4, Interesting)

multisync (218450) | about 4 years ago | (#33820704)

Dammit where is my like button.. oh wait....

No, you're right on the money. I was looking for one earlier when I read this [slashdot.org] comment.

I think adding something along the lines of FB's "Like" button could salvage Slashdot's next-to-useless moderation system. You could tie it in with the existing relationship system. Maybe I see comments my friends or (optionally) friends of friends "liked" highlighted, while comments they disliked are buried. Failing that, let me choose to not see moderations by particular users. That could be done without necessarily identifying the moderator.

Of course it would be optional, and I would probably still browse at a low threshold, but it would offer a more refined experience for those who want it without the abuse the current system suffers.

Re:That's why he's suing,so people will know it's (2, Funny)

MichaelKristopeit 27 (1916932) | about 4 years ago | (#33820720)

the american justice system... score: 5 "funny because it's true"

To hell with him! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33819950)

I can see my house in the Earth image. First Google Earth and now this bloody album cover. What ever happened to privacy rights!!!!

Re:To hell with him! (1)

Assmasher (456699) | about 4 years ago | (#33819982)

They can see your house? YOU DESERVE MONEY!

Probably won't get the first claim at least (5, Informative)

cappp (1822388) | about 4 years ago | (#33819958)

Well it seems he'd lose under his claim to Statutory Right of Publicity [findlaw.com]

(a)Any person who knowingly uses another's name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness, in any manner, on or in products, merchandise, or goods, or for purposes of advertising or selling, or soliciting purchases of, products, merchandise, goods or services, without such person's prior consent, or, in the case of a minor, the prior consent of his parent or legal guardian, shall be liable for any damages sustained by the person or persons injured as a result thereof.

(1)A person shall be deemed to be readily identifiable from a photograph when one who views the photograph with the naked eye can reasonably determine that the person depicted in the photograph is the same person who is complaining of its unauthorized use.

That being said, the entire area of Right of Privacy law is fascinating. I was reading through this website [rightofpublicity.com] and there's some really good meat there for discussion.

Re:Probably won't get the first claim at least (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820544)

That is interesting since it actually shows that there is a case if the mission and spacewalk is identifiable in the photograph, that identifies the astronaut even if you can not see his face or any other direct identifier on his suit.

Re:Probably won't get the first claim at least (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820546)

Does he really own his image when he's working on his job paid for by US taxpayers?

Techdirt (1)

lightversusdark (922292) | about 4 years ago | (#33819974)

Wow, I had completely forgotten about the existence of Techdirt.
Fortunately, samzenpus and an anonymous reader are here to let us know about this "science" story.
If you want detailed info on the previous story about Mexico and ACTA, you won't find that at the linked site either.
Posted from different "dept."s on each site though. Editors in full effect!

Re:Techdirt (1)

chartreuse (16508) | about 4 years ago | (#33820232)

Wow, I had completely forgotten about the existence of Techdirt.

Yeah, it's been, like a couple of days?

Even Masnick is tired of writing "Streisand effect".

Re:Techdirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820512)

Unfortunately for all of us you are incorrect; Mike Masnick will never, ever get sick of talking about the "Streisand effect." It will likely be on his tombstone.

Space trolls!!! (4, Funny)

syousef (465911) | about 4 years ago | (#33819996)

Traditionally trolls have lived under bridges, but it appears that they've infiltrated NASA and are now making their way into outer space!!!

BE....WARE.....OF....SPACE....TROLLS

(especially if you're a recording artist)

You have been warned. We will now return you to your regularly scheduled IP rights battle.

Re:Space trolls!!! (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 4 years ago | (#33820094)

Space Trolls will ride anything if a buck is involved..

Re:Space trolls!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820216)

Trooolls innnn ssppaaaaaaacccceeeeee......

Re:Space trolls!!! (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 4 years ago | (#33820560)

He moved from the top of the i to the bottom of the d while we were adjusting the camera, honest.

Please correct me if I'm wrong... (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 4 years ago | (#33820084)

Someone please correct me if I have this wrong. I thought that as a public figure/celebrity in the US you effectively lose your right to avoid publicity? I would think that an astronaut would count as a public figure and thereby lose this right.

Re:Please correct me if I'm wrong... (2, Informative)

beav007 (746004) | about 4 years ago | (#33820412)

I believe that Bruce McCandless is arguing that Dido is using his image to promote her album (like an endorsement). It would be like Pepsi taking a picture of Tom Cruise on the street and putting his picture in their advertisements.

I believe that the laws in the USA confer the right of the famous to control the use of their likeness in publicity for things that are not related to them or what they do, meaning that companies have to have a contract with the person before any endorsement or advertising can occur.

Re:Please correct me if I'm wrong... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820688)

I believe that Bruce McCandless is arguing that Dido is using his image to promote her album (like an endorsement). It would be like Pepsi taking a picture of Tom Cruise on the street and putting his picture in their advertisements.

I believe that the laws in the USA confer the right of the famous to control the use of their likeness in publicity for things that are not related to them or what they do, meaning that companies have to have a contract with the person before any endorsement or advertising can occur.

Except Bruce McCandless isn't famous by any stretch of the imagination. Vaguely notable as a minor footnote in the history of human spaceflight? Yes. Hell, he might even warrant a short sentence if there was an article about the MMU.

They should change the cover (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | about 4 years ago | (#33820104)

They should have the astronaut's face blurred on future cover releases.

Call me cynical, (2, Insightful)

PiAndWhippedCream (1566727) | about 4 years ago | (#33820108)

I suspect that Dido has cut a check to McCandless. This is great, and probably cheap publicity.

Apples (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820116)

Bruce McCandless can suck my cock, how do you like them apples dickhead?

That's McCandless? (3, Funny)

phlegmofdiscontent (459470) | about 4 years ago | (#33820124)

I could have sworn that was Buzz Aldrin....

Dear Bruce McCandless (5, Funny)

tool462 (677306) | about 4 years ago | (#33820158)

I want to thank you
For giving me the best day of my life.

Sincerely,
Dido

Re:Dear Bruce McCandless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820190)

I don't think he got your post.

Perhaps his circuit is dead, and there's something wrong.
Can you hear me, McCandless?
Can you hear me, McCandless?
Can you hear me, McCandless?
Can you....

Re:Dear Bruce McCandless (4, Funny)

Volante3192 (953645) | about 4 years ago | (#33820222)

I won't go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my lawyer
I'm in court and always will be...

Re:Dear Bruce McCandless (2, Funny)

syousef (465911) | about 4 years ago | (#33820270)

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

Tool tool ... tool tool tool tool...tool... (-1, Troll)

Gallandro24 (1805196) | about 4 years ago | (#33820166)

McCandless is pretty obviously a total tool...

that sucks (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820186)

Nice try, but I bet if he looks real hard NASA is going to produce something that says they own all images and likeness and all sorts of other mumbo jumbo that he signed on the dotted line when he was an astronaut. This would probably include publicity, etc. so as long as whoever legally paid for that image, this is going to be fruitless attempt in the courts.

Smells of desperation (1)

multiben (1916126) | about 4 years ago | (#33820208)

Sounds like someone's bitter to not be getting as many endorsements as he'd like. Probably spent all his money on coke and pros. Now that he's skint he's doing what every good litigious American does - sue somebody who hasn't done anything wrong for something you don't deserve.

Number of people who knew who it was in the suit: (1)

mykos (1627575) | about 4 years ago | (#33820214)

Zero. He'll lose his claim.

Re:Number of people who knew who it was in the sui (2, Informative)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 4 years ago | (#33820304)

Number of people who now know Bruce McCandless is an asshole: everyone who reads this story. If he wins the lawsuit, he'll still be an asshole.

I'm Calling My Lawyer: I also Have a Claim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820230)

I'm in this picture as well, on the blue sphere directly below McCandless. I'm very very small, but I am there.

Both Dido and McCandless will be getting a call from my attorney at the start of business hours tomorrow.

I own it (1)

codecore (395864) | about 4 years ago | (#33820280)

Actually that's my photo. I bank-rolled that trip to space. As taxpayer and owner of this photo I hereby give permission to DIDO to use it.

Bruce was recognizable - now he's famous (1)

NemoinSpace (1118137) | about 4 years ago | (#33820308)

last week Google "first untethered space walk" -29,500 results
tonight Google "bruce mccandless is an asshole" - 67,600 results
Someone needs a new lawyer, a new agent, or a new life.

We deal with this at work sometimes.... (1)

rampant mac (561036) | about 4 years ago | (#33820320)

IANAL, but the way this was explained to me:

I work for a government agency and the pictures we take on taxpayer's time are public property. I've seen photos we've shot being used in magazines, web sites, screen savers and in industry publications (which were actually photoshopped to promote their products). It's the reason NASA releases all sorts of neat images because it's a publicly funded entity.

I wish the guy the best of luck but I doubt he's going to get any compensation.

Re:We deal with this at work sometimes.... (1)

Asclepius99 (1527727) | about 4 years ago | (#33820586)

From my understand what you're talking about is copyright, which is not what this is about. McCandless is claiming that Dido used his good will and persona as the first astronaut to do an untethered space walk to boost album sales.

If a government photographer takes a picture of someone famous that doesn't mean that anyone can now take that publicly owned and available photo and use it to imply that the celebrity endorses their products, even if the celebrity is a government employee as well. However, this case still seems like a bunch of bull because McCandless is claiming that some people will see the album and either think "Woah, Bruce McCandles endorses this album it must be good" or "I'm totally gonna buy this because it has a picture of Bruce McCandless on the cover"* which seems unlikely.

*For some reason the shoppers seem to have watched way too much Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Re:We deal with this at work sometimes.... (1)

wierdling (609715) | about 4 years ago | (#33820664)

I think it should make a difference if that famous person is doing something that the government totally paid for. The camera used, the space suit, the ride up were all financed by all of us, so any of us should be able to use any of the images for whatever we want.

I'm suing too... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820342)

If you look down at the Earth just below and right of McCandless, you can see me looking up shouting at him to get out of my sky.

Re:I'm suing too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820800)

You people don't seem to realize that every time you use my name I'm losing money. My financial adviser and my lawyer estimate that I'm losing on average about $50,000.00 per unauthorized name use. Too bad I'm going to have to file subpoenas to large portions of the Slashdot community to make sure that the DMCA is not broken and that criminals are brought to justice. You people are lucky that I don't sue you for a lot more like the RIAA likes to do.

Signed,

Astronaut Bruce McCandless (TM, LLC, ©, U.S. Patent No. 9487270)

I WISH this were me (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | about 4 years ago | (#33820400)

I won't speculate about the legality, although I can only imagine that being utterly unidentifiable in a public domain photo isn't going to get you too far in court. What I will say though, is that if a photo of me in space made it onto an album cover, the music would have to be pretty horrendous and offensive for me to object. In fact, it would probably only end with me feeling pretty darned awesome and my mom buying a few copies to frame and hang on the wall.

Re:I WISH this were me (1)

e9th (652576) | about 4 years ago | (#33820436)

I wonder whether, thanks to MTV, that's why Buzz Aldrin [nasaimages.org] is so much better known than McCandless.

Re:I WISH this were me (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | about 4 years ago | (#33820486)

That probably is it. My fascination with Buzz Aldrin has really inspired me to take an interest in the series, "Date My Mom."

Re:I WISH this were me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820446)

[...]and my mom buying a few copies to frame and hang on the wall.

That's what she said.

Re:I WISH this were me (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | about 4 years ago | (#33820452)

After doing a bit of reading, it seems he's upset about his implied endorsement of the album. He is identified by name and as such will "be deprived of monetary sums" and suffer "irreparable harm" as a result of continued album sales. Good luck, sir.

The original image... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820494)

...is here [nasa.gov] .

wat (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820516)

but how the hell can you sue a dildo?

fuck mccandless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820520)

he doesn't own the rights to that photo, "we the people" do

Right (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 4 years ago | (#33820522)

"...except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him."

Uh.. yeah, it's an iconic photo of a man doing something that precious few people on this planet have managed to do of a completely anonymous person.

Dido won't settle out of court (1)

goodmanj (234846) | about 4 years ago | (#33820524)

I'd be worried about suing Dido: I hear she's pretty persistent. She'll go down with the ship, won't raise her hands up in surrender.

An entire life as a has-been (1)

Animats (122034) | about 4 years ago | (#33820552)

Some of the early astronauts haven't done too well in later life. They were big heroes briefly, and then has-beens for decades.

Being an astronaut today must really suck. There are about 100 "active astronauts" [nasa.gov] , most of whom will never get into space again. There has to be a layoff coming. Meanwhile, they get assigned to "lunch with an astronaut" [kennedyspacecenter.com] duty.

asstronaut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820574)

ass i say ASS!

Mr. McCandles... (1)

f8l_0e (775982) | about 4 years ago | (#33820598)

I thought you was dead...

He is reading it wrong... (1)

Arvisp (1626837) | about 4 years ago | (#33820618)

No "L" in the artist name!

Shouldn't there be an apostrophe? (1)

dbIII (701233) | about 4 years ago | (#33820652)

And who is Astronaut Sue? Was she the one who put her training to use with a very long distance drive in a nappy?
Oh, it's "Dido" the singer not something very personal belonging to Astronaut Sue.

What publicity rights? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 4 years ago | (#33820746)

The picture is taken while doing work for the public, government department, thus, the picture becomes part of the public domain.

Public domain means you can use it for things like this.

As for the astronaut, he's an employee photographed on the job, which the public also have a right to see.

If he appears small in the picture and cannot specifically be identified, then in what way is it 'publishing him' anyways, and not just a generic 'picture of an astronaut'... how can you tell who the person is in the photo if you don't already know before seeing the picture?

In what way is all this legally actionable, again?

Recognize him? (1)

dlgeek (1065796) | about 4 years ago | (#33820764)

... except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him.

Maybe I wouldn't recognize him by name but I damn sure know that photo, and could easily look up who it was if you had shown it to me and asked. (I recognize it as the first untethered spacewalk with the MMU, type "MMU" into wikipedia, and the captioned picture is right there on top). Thus, he's easily identifiable, if at least not easily recognizable.

Incidentally, I'd say that that picture is one of the top 4 most famous space pictures, the others being the Blue Marble, Earthrise and the one with Aldrin and the US flag on the moon.

Dodo sues Dido (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820772)

Isn't "space cadet" another term for "astronaut"?

Who is Dido and why should I care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33820936)

Seriously, I've never heard of Dido.

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