Chuck Yeager, Cingular and the right of publicity

The legendary test pilot sued the cellphone company — and has gotten past summary judgment with his claim — because a Cingular press release compared one of the company’s technical innovations to his work breaking the sound barrier. (Rebecca Tushnet, Jun. 22 via David Post @ Volokh).

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  • I’m a pretty big fan of General Yeager’s, but I have to ask one thing. When Gen Yeager broke the sound barrier he was a serving officer in the Air Force. It was an Air Force project, paid for by the taxpayers of the US. Does Gen. Yeager even have a right to file this lawsuit? It was my understanding that military officers don’t own the rights to their accomplishments, the military does.