Right of publicity/passing off blast from the past

From The Spirit of the Times, May 21, 1845

“Gen. Tom Thumb’s father brought suit in Paris, against the manager of a theatre, who announced a play called Tom Pouce, (Thumb,) while the General was exhibiting himself at another place. The tribunal decided in favor of the General, the name of Tom Pouce had to be removed from the bills, and the manager paid the costs of suit. The piece was produced as ‘Tom Pouff’ afterwards.”

H/T Zach Schrag

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