In an exciting legal victory that has made the world safe for countless
derivative homage-paying music videos to come, a U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Jennifer Lopez and the small army of music industry drones whose job it is to perpetuate her recording career:
The U.S. Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the actress/singer, as well as Sony Music Entertainment and Paramount Pictures Corp., by the woman who inspired the 1983 movie "Flashdance."
Maureen Marder, who was a construction worker by day and an exotic dancer by night, sued the defendants claiming Lopez's 2003 video for her song "I'm Glad" was an unauthorized depiction of her life story. [...]
Marder claimed she was entitled to share in the revenues from the video, in which Lopez re-created scenes from the hit movie.
Sadly for Marder, the woman who would be indirectly responsible for launching millions of off-the-shoulder sweatshirt fashion disasters received $2300 in 1982 to sign a release, clearing Paramount "of and from each and every claim, demand, debt, liability, cost and expense." And while the ruling must have hit her like an overturned bucket of water, Marder at least can hold onto the lifelong bragging rights that not only has her story has been immortalized by one famous Jennifer, it's also been ineptly reenacted by another.