Wednesday, July 19, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 5:24 pm

Multi-million dollar suits are the norm nowadays though it remains to be seen whether the Court will award such high figures claimed.

The latest threat of a big suit looming reported in the local dailies on 18th July, 2006 involved a suit filed by Hemi Hamisa Abu Hassan Saari against the Government and police department. Unfamiliar? Hemi was the lady filmed secretly in the police lock-up being told to do squats in the nude. As a result of the whole fiasco, she was embarassed and the Government was embarassed. There was even a possibility of it turning into a diplomatic row with the China Government as there were earlier reports that the lady filmed was a Chinese national. All that is in the past now as investigations were made vide a Royal Commission and the actual identity of the lady surfaced.

Now, Puan Hemi has instructed her solicitors to demand RM10 million as compensation for the humility sustained by her. It is unlikely that the Government will hurriedly issue a cheque for RM10 million to her within the period stipulated in the letter of demand...which can only mean one thing, she will have to file her case in Court and endure further embarassment. The journey can only be more painful to walk.

If you are wondering how does the above tie in with the title "Will I be sued?" and start running wild ideas that I was the one behind the filming or transmission of the MMS...relax. That is Puan Hemi's case.

As for me, despite my fondness of Jedi Master Yoda for whom I was previously using his image as for my profile, I have very reluctantly decided to remove his image as my profile.

Nowadays, people sue for a variety of reasons especially where infringement of trademarks or copyrights have occured. I don't want to be the subject of a lawsuit especially knowing that the rights to Jedi Master Yoda belongs to Lucasfilm.

Lawsuits in the United States of America can be financially detrimental to Defendants and I am not just talking about lawsuits on intellectual property infringement. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) of Southlake, Texas, supermarkets pay out $450 million each year for legal expenses and to claimants for their injuries. Crazy, some might say, but it's true.

With that in mind, I shall try to remain a nice boy and try not to copy and paste without credits. What about you?

Let this message also be a friendly advise to you in case you do copy and paste unknowingly. I am still learning myself.



At 11:33 pm, Anonymous ivan

heres an interesting fact,

you can be sued if you were using the image for personal profit or to promote something that isn't authorized. Anyways it is safe as the MOST they'll do is send a cease and desist letter before any legal action can be taken.


At 8:41 am, Blogger PabloPabla

Thanks for the info mate! Hey, you've got a really interesting blog there! I'm gonna be a regular reader of yours now :)