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Martha Hart has WWE suit dismissed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the widow of a World Wrestling Entertainment performer against the company’s former chief executive Linda McMahon, who’s running for the U.S. Senate.

Martha Hart sued WWE and McMahon in 2010 during her first run for the Senate, which the Republican lost to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Hart said the company used the image of her late husband, Owen Hart, in videos and other materials without her permission and despite her objections.

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5 Responses

  1. chris says:

    Martha can object all she wants, but unless there’s been a copyright expiration on Owen’s image as a performer for the WWF(e), Martha does not have a legal standing to object to the companies useage of his image. Martha can object all she wants, but she really is powerless to do anything, because by this ruling, it is safe to assume that Owen Hart’s name and likeness were infact copyrighted by the WWE. Meaning, that unless she is willing to try and copyright Owen’s name herself, once said copyright expires, she has no legal right to remedy under the federal law.

    Hopefully, this means that the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class will be headlined by the late Owen Hart.

  2. RJ Ace says:

    I’d wait until Wrestlemania returned to Canada to induct Owen but that’s just personal preference.

  3. James says:

    @chris – I hope Owen does get inducted. It’s way overdue.

  4. david r. says:

    If he were inducted next year, that would deserve the YES YES YES!!! chants.

  5. wildbill says:

    i totally agree that owen needs to be inducted into the wwe hall of fame but owens widows has to okay wwe inducted him to the hall of fame because she has total control of his estate and anything else containing to owen hart infact his own brothers and others family memember have no say on anything containing to owen hart and his estate owen made the mistake of giving her total control of his estate and and anything else containing to owen hart including image and likeness thats is why he has never been inducted because ever time wwe went to induct him his widow refused to allow it and that is the reason we will never see wrestling figures for him or him wwe wrestling games because she refuses to allow it wwe has been trying to induct owen into the hall of fame since two years after he tragically died so hopefully now with this court decision
    it can finally happen

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