Kim Kardashian sued the woman below
Reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian sued another woman, singer and reality TV celebrity Melissa Molinaro, for appearing in an Old Navy TV commerical. Ms. Kardashian’s suit claims that since Ms. Molinaro is using her image to sell products, the fact that she looks like Ms. Kardashian might deceive and confuse consumers.
Can modern technology confuse one woman with another? I tested Ms. Kardashian’s claim of deception by using Google’s "search by image" function, where it searches and finds visually similar images. I used the above image of Ms. Kardashian, which returned 1,630,000 "similar" images. Here are a few I found on the first page of results:
Caroline D’Amore, a model and actress
Kanye West, a rap singer who dated Ms. Kardashian
I didn’t realize Google’s image algorithm is smart enough to also find people who’ve slept with the first image.
Priyanka Chopra, an Indian actress and former Miss World
Rihanna, a musician
Musician Justin Bieber in a scary-looking photo I hope is fake. It looks uncomfortably like the actor Steve Buscemi.
If we search Google Images using Melissa Molinaro’s photo, we get about 200,000 results. Excluding any images of Ms. Molinaro, they include:
April Kelly, a finalist for Miss Cork 2011 in Ireland
Anna Popplewell, an actress who appeared in "The Chronicles of Narnia" movies
Pelli Kani Prasad, an Indian actress
Sarah Hyland, an actress who appears on the TV show "Modern Family"
Some guy at a children’s reception in Belgium
– Kim Kardashian sues Old Navy over lookalike in ads, Yahoo News>>
– Old Navy Records Presents: "Super C-U-T-E" by The Audio Threadz, YouTube>>
– Kim Kardashian, Wikipedia>>
– Melissa Molinaro, Wikipedia>>