Selena Gomez Reaches Settlement in Lawsuit Against Mobile Game Makers That Stole Her Likeness

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Selena Gomez has reached a tentative settlement in the lawsuit she filed against a mobile game maker she claimed used her likeness without permission.

The notice of settlement, filed Thursday in a Los Angeles superior court and obtained by Rolling Stone, did not disclose the proposed terms. Pending the judge’s approval, the settlement allows both parties to avoid a scheduled October trial date.

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Over three years ago, in April 2020, Gomez sued the makers of the mobile game Clothes Forever — Styling Game for up to $10 million, claiming that they stole her image and likeness.

The lawsuit stated that the game features an image that “blatantly rips off a popular image of Gomez” that appeared on the cover of Flare, and that the use of the singer’s likeness “creates the false impression that she has endorsed the Game or has something to do with the Game, and undoubtedly is intended to attract consumers to make use of the Game.”

“Selena Gomez is a style icon,” Alex Weingarten, an attorney for the singer, said in a statement to Rolling Stone at the time. “This is an egregious violation of Selena’s rights, which we will litigate vigorously to vindicate.”

Along with Gomez, the lawsuit claimed that Clothes Forever used the images and likenesses of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and Kim Kardashian.

At press time, Clothes Forever – Styling Game — a product of the Chinese game publisher Guangzhou Fiedong Software Technology — is no longer available on the Apple App Store.

Update 10/17/2023: Lawyers for Gomez and the game maker appeared at a hearing Tuesday, Oct. 17, and confirmed they had reached a “fully formed” written settlement agreement signed by all the parties. The judge said she would take the scheduled trial off calendar once notice of the signed settlement was filed.

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