The astronaut Bruce McCandless is suing Dido and her record label over unauthorised use of a photo of his 1984 space flight for the cover of her 2008 album “Safe Trip Home”. McCandless said he never gave permission for Dido to use the photograph, which shows him “free flying” about 320 feet away from the space shuttle Challenger. The Lawsuit, also naming Getty Images and Sony Music Entertainment, seeks unspecified damages for unauthorised use of McCandless’s persona (although of course being encased in a spacesuit his ‘image’ is somewhat obscured!). Comment from Simon Bradshaw, in the IPKat, explains that There’s clearly no case in copyright law as NASA pictures are, by US Government policy, in the public domain”.
Bruce McCandless v. Sony Music Entertainment, 10-07323, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles)