Lawrence Journal World
March 23, 1992
The justices, without comment, rejected arguments by the ad company Young & Rubicam that the award â€” based on a “misappropriation of voice” â€” should have been pre-empted by federal copyright law.
Young & Rubicam originally had asked Midler, an actress and Grammy-winning singer, to perform her version of the song “Do You Wanna Dance?” for a Ford Motor Co. commercial aired in 1986. After she turned down the offer, the ad company asked Ula Hedwig, who once worked as a backup singer for Midler, to mimic Midler’s voice in the commercial