Rick Astley: Never Gonna Lend His Vibe
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The sensation of being RickRolled is unmistakable, thanks in no small part to the distinct timbre of the voice Rick Astley on full display in his 1987 smash Never Gonna Give You Up. But now, Astley is locked in a battle with rapper Yung Gravy, who mimicked the singer’s voice in a way that Astley says violates his publicity rights. On this week’s Pro Say, the hosts break down Astley’s legal gambit and explain why the suit may face an uphill climb. Also on this week’s show, French fashion house Hermes defeats an LA designer who used images of its iconic Birkin bags in a line of NFTs, and an Ohio judge gets slapped with a $1.1 million verdict for firing a Jewish staff attorney after she asked for eight days off to observe the High Holidays. Finally, the hosts discuss the troubling rise of Legal Reporter Brain, a condition that has left them unable to engage with pop culture in a traditional manner.
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