For a while, Meagan Simmons enjoyed jokes that she was "guilty of taking my breath away” and “arrested for breaking and entering my heart,” and even did interviews with the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.
But the 28-year-old has had enough.
This week, she filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit in Hillsborough County alleging that background check website InstantCheckmate.com is using her picture for commercial purposes without her consent or paying her.
Woman behind 'attractive convict' mug shot sues for invasion of privacy http://t.co/8VlqAyJg8i— Meagan Simmons (@meagabeauty) February 28, 2014
"At the end of the day, this is actually about intellectual property," her attorney, Matthew Crist, told the Tampa Bay Times. "If someone is going to use your image, they need to pay you for it."
The photo attached to the lawsuit shows Simmons' mugshot with the caption, "Sometimes the cute ones aren't that innocent,” alongside the Checkmate logo.
"The legal issue is it's your face, and your name. You own it," Crist said. "You can use it, you control it and when someone misappropriates it -- that's when you're violating Florida law."
Simmons’ suit seeks monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further usage of the photo.
[Tampa Bay Times]
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