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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover

samzenpus posted more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33819934)

Dido knows sign language??

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

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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:Broken News... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33820286)

Why would you wear pants under your skin?

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

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33820440)

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

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

theskipper (461997) | more than 3 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... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820580)

Not everyone is into bullshit pop culture garbage.

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

harmonise (1484057) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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.

It's Dido (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33819900)

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

Re:It's Dido (1, Flamebait)

Boigaz (789379) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33819918)

DyelDo?

New line of work ! (1, Funny)

volcan0 (1775818) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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.

To hell with him! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 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!!!!

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

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820216)

Trooolls innnn ssppaaaaaaacccceeeeee......

Re:Space trolls!!! (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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.

Apples (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820116)

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

Dear Bruce McCandless (5, Funny)

tool462 (677306) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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

that sucks (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33820494)

...is here [nasa.gov].

wat (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820516)

but how the hell can you sue a dildo?

fuck mccandless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820520)

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

Right (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33820574)

ass i say ASS!

Shouldn't there be an apostrophe? (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33820772)

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

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

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33820936)

Seriously, I've never heard of Dido.

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