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Ed Begley Jr.

Sues Eco-Friendly Light Co.

What a Load of BULB!!!

12/24/2011 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ed Begley Jr
Ed Begley Jr.'s face has been stolen ... by an environmentally-conscious light company -- this according to a new lawsuit.

Begley claims a company called Diogen Lighting has been plastering his face all over its website, alongside endorsements from the actor ... but Begley says it's all a big, biodegradable lie.

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According to the suit, Begley never gave the company permission to use his likeness to sell its products -- and therefore ... they have to give up any profits made off his back   face.

Begley is suing for more than $750,000 in damages -- and wants Diogen to stop using his image, STAT.  A rep for Diogen had no comment.

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1.

coco    

The should get Adam Carolla to endorse it!

1003 days ago
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honesty    

No one should have their image stolen. Crazy thing is, as "green" as Begley is, if they would have asked, he might have let them use it for free. How stupid.

1003 days ago
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Truth    

DUDE LOOKS LIKE HE'S BEEN ELECTROCUTED - THE ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY WAY... LOOKS 90 AT BEST. NEXT. #TRUTH!!

1003 days ago
4.

KathyP    

So, is that photo of him holding a light bulb photo shopped? No? Then there's more to this story than meets the eye.

1003 days ago
5.

Rocco    

Kathy is correct. He obviously posed for that photograph w/ the lightbulb. More than likely he thought he had a fat, juicy contract negotiated with this random Chinese company, and when it came time to write his check, they told him to F off. Who would've expected that?? Good luck with your lawsuit, and hire a new agent, Ed.

1003 days ago
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Rocco    

honesty said:
"No one should have their image stolen. Crazy thing is, as "green" as Begley is, if they would have asked, he might have let them use it for free. How stupid."

Hahahaha. That's not how things work. He had a deal negotiated and now they won't pay so he's crying foul. Nothing's free.

1003 days ago
7.

Tigerman    

Another myopic moron who wants to "save the planet."
You want to save the planet?
Shoot yourself in the head.
There - planet saved!

1003 days ago
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Mary P    

IF you look at how his fingers are pinching, it doesn't match the bulb the way they are shaped. Obvious Photoshop. And even if it was a contract (like the above are saying) and he didn't get paid, it would be breech of contract and they still wouldn't have been able to use his image.

1002 days ago
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Barb    

It looks like they photo shopped his head onto the picture. Go get 'em Ed! By the way, his Begley's Best are the best cleaning products I have ever used. I got red wine spill out of a white sofa - completey! I was shocked, It's also a great carpet spot cleaner. I believe he's honest.

1002 days ago
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Cain80proof    

Begley posed for this photo.

Business Wire, 2009:
"CENTENNIAL, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diogen Lighting and its seasonal lighting division, Holiday Creations, have entered into a long-term brand and endorsement licensing agreement with the producers of the hit TV series Living with Ed and its co-star Ed Begley, Jr. Mr. Begley has “lived green” for decades. He is a world-renowned conservationist and environmental advocate. His unwavering drive to save energy by using the most efficient technology and tools makes him a perfect fit for..."

Begley announced it himself in 2009. They went back on the contract. TMZ will be able to verify this from details in the suit.

1002 days ago
11.

Ammy    

lol@these "photoshop experts"
this is really obvious. Not photoshop
if you're gonna steal someone's identity why ED BEGLEY???
he already fessed up in 09 google it people

1002 days ago
12.

BeHonest    

Good, go after them and sue them even more for being an azz.

999 days ago
13.

mediao    

I am working on a show with Ed. Launching the Kickstarter for it today actually ( http://kck.st/obs2012pr ) He really is a nice guy and actually believes in testing things out before endorsing them. He is all about being green. His new show will be all about that with a mix of comedy that comes from trying to enlist his family into his plan to build the greenest home in North America. Wish us luck!

949 days ago

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