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Fox being sued by Soldier's widow

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Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Cable Networks and the National Geographical Society are being sued by the widow of an Army sergeant for illegally using images of her and her two children in a documentary.

The film, Inside Afghan ER, showed pictures of a family trip that were on the computer of late Army Staff Sergeant Kevin Casey Roberts that were illegally taken off of his laptop after his death and used without permission, according to the lawsuit. His widow, Donnice Roberts, filed the complaint in a Texas federal court. She is seeking an injunction against the film.

According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Roberts feels that the image of her family being used is troubling, given the "fanaticism associated with jihadists determined to kill Americans, including American women and children."

Roberts received a phone call from a service member who saw the film on the Armed Forces Network in Germany. It was the first she had heard of the film. She contacted the National Geographic Society and asked for a copy of the film, but was told that she would have to sign a release, which she refused.

She says that she has suffered "mental anguish, shock and sadness" as a result of the film, and says that Fox's cable TV networks are endangering the lives of her and her children.

"Roberts has fears and concerns that her minor children are depicted as the children of a warrior in the war on our terror, which is fought by fanatic, radical individuals who have shown a propensity and desire to kill Americans, including women and children," reads the lawsuit.

 Does she have a case?

 


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- National Geographic Channel

Written by: Hamatosan
Nov 5th, 2012, 3:16 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 22nd, 2012, 7:28 pm
Freaking grave robbers. NatGeo stole from a dead GI. You have got to be kidding me. There are some serious apologies due, or somebody is going to hell.
Kanati

Message Posted On Nov 6th, 2012, 6:10 am
She has a case simply because they didn't get a release to use them. As for her reasoning that jihadists are going to come after her in Texas is a bit ridiculous. When was the last time a US citizen was targeted for assassination by a terrorist in the US? (And I'm not taking 9/11/2001 as an answer because that was not targeting a specific individual. That was a general terror attack.)
Anonypuss

Message Posted On Nov 5th, 2012, 3:02 pm
Not just sloppy, plain unethical. *** Sign _a release_? Really NG? *** Fox being unethical is a daily thing for them, but we ought to expect more from NG...
bad_subject

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Message Posted On Nov 5th, 2012, 3:27 am

If they really did lift the photos from a soldier's computer after his death, then they most definitely have a case. Good for her for refusing the release.

 

Sloppy on National Geographic's part.

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