Artist Is Taken Aback To Find His Photo Appearing On Amazon To Sell Toupees
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Dec 2019
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There’s a price to pay for anyone with a social media presence. For artist Adam J. Kurtz, who has over 301,000 followers, he’s become the unwitting subject of a listing for toupees on Amazon.
Kurtz, recognized for his hand-drawn planners featuring “unsolicited advice,” was astonished to find a photo of him in a topknot on a listing by a merchant called Rossy&Nancy.
“Excuse me, Amazon, but why the f**k is my photo being used to sell toupees?” he wrote on Twitter. “My punishment for having a topknot in 2015,” he hilariously recounted.
For the most part, Twitter users were tickled at the discovery. “If Amazon doesn’t fix this, there will be hell toupee,” one wittily commented.
However, digital community designer Derek Powazek noted that it is illegal for businesses to misappropriate faces in advertising. “It’s called ‘implied endorsement’ and there’s case law on it,” he wrote. “This is why models sign releases.”
Since the time of publishing, the unauthorized photo and listing are still up.
That’s exactly what a person who secretly wears a toupee in toupee ads would say!— Branden Harvey (@BrandenHarvey) December 29, 2019
my punishment for having a topknot in 2015— Adam J. Kurtz (@adamjk) December 29, 2019
If Amazon doesn’t fix this, there will be hell toupee.— Corey Quinn (@QuinnyPig) December 29, 2019
FWIW: it is illegal for anyone to use your face in the promotion of an item for sale. It’s called “implied endorsement” and there’s case law on it. This is why models sign releases.— Derek Powazek 🕯 (@fraying) December 29, 2019
[via Adam J. Kurtz, images via various sources]
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