Remember that movie Flashdance or, as it's known in Mexico, Electodanza? Oh what a feeling! Well, it was based on the life of a real live construction worker-turned-dancer named Maureen Marder, who sold her story to Paramount for a measly $2,300. The woman has been trying to sue the studio over copyright interests for years, including damages sought for the re-creation of scenes from the movie in Jennifer Lopez' I'm Glad music video. She just lost her most recent attempt at the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, but the panel of judges there weren't completely unmoved by her pight. They agreed that Marder's original deal was unfair, but added: "There is simply no evidence that her consent was obtained by fraud, deception, misrepresentation, duress or undue influence."
Basically, what the judges wanted to say is, "we see that you got royally screwed, but the fault was in your own stupidity." Hopefully this case will teach others to get smart or get a good lawyer before deciding to sell their life story to a producer. I hope to make at least six figures for my account of being a blogger-turned-International-Male-catalog-model. Once the story -- and my dream -- come true, that is.