Ice Cube has lost his lawsuit against Robinhood for using his likeness to promote its app.
Cube claims that the use of his picture misled viewers into thinking he had endorsed the company. In response, Robinhood explained that they licensed the photo from the agency that owned the copyright to it.
Judge Laurel Beeler originally sided with Robinhood back in June, but Cube submitted an amended complaint, causing the court to reconvene.
For a second time, Beeler sided with Robinhood: “The amended complaint falls for the same defect found in the original: It does not sufficiently plead an injury in fact because Robinhood’s use of Ice Cube’s image and phrase does not suggest Ice Cube’s endorsement of Robinhood’s product”
Cube criticized the decision in an interview with Law360: “You cannot take people’s lyrics and likeness as an endorsement without permission. This is another example of judges letting big business do whatever they want to us.”