I guess this really is a judgement call, which is why it is before a judge. There is a class action against Lance Armstrong and his autobiography by folks who - well - want their money back. How the mighty can quickly fall from their bicycles when lies they tell.
I imagine there is a bit of falseness to be expected in any autobiography. But, when one attains their fame (the reason to buy the book) through false means, has the reader purchased the "real" goods? [DE]
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Judge hears arguments about Lance Armstrong's books
by Brent Schrotenboer
SACRAMENTO -- Lance Armstrong had a right to lie about his cycling career in his autobiographies, even if millions of readers might have felt deceived by it later, attorneys for Armstrong and his publishers told a federal judge Thursday.
"People don't always tell the truth" in their books, attorney Jonathan Herman said.
But did Armstrong dupe readers into buying those books based on a false advertising campaign?
U.S. District Judge Morrison England said he will make a decision in the matter soon after hearing arguments Thursday in a lawsuit against Armstrong and his book publishers. The class-action suit was filed in January by readers of Armstrong's books, including his autobiographies It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts. They seek refunds and damages in excess of $5 million.
"He cheated on bike races to sell books, and he published the books in order to cover up the cheating," plaintiffs attorney Kevin Roddy told England. "We think they're interwined."