Who Owns The Fridge?

I found this video a few days ago and fell in love with its simple awsomeness. It’s a retelling of John Carpenter’s film The Thing using 3 3/4″ GI Joe action figures from the 1980s and early 1990s.

I recognized a few of them, Stalker, General Flagg, and William “The Fridge” Perry.

Now, this video of a song by Zombie Zombie, can be classed as a derivitive of John Carpenter’s film, and as such, Mr. Carpenter’s people may have a beef with it.

I don’t think this video could use the “fair use” defense, but that’s not the thing that made me think.

All of the GI Joes in the video, except for one, are “no known person, living or dead” and that person is the perpetually smiling, William Perry.

Back in the 1980s, Hasbro made GI Joe action figures of several real life people. Whether they qualify as “real American heroes” is anyone’s guess.

One such person was William “The Fridge” Perry, who, when shrank down to GI Joe size looks less fridge-like than his real world counterpart.

But the question is, does this count as using a celebrity’s likeness? Even if it’s a toy? Did he, or Hasbro have to sign off on its usage?


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