Seriously — How Hard Is It To Come Up With A Porn Name?

Ken AshfordCourts/LawLeave a Comment

PornstarnameYou just take the name of your first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on.  So my porn name would be Nitya Pleasant View which, ironically, is also the porn name of my brother and sister.

Okay, that’s not a good porn name, but it works well for most people.

Even if it doesn’t work well, I would think that it would be quite easy to come up with a fairly decent porn name just by using your imagination.  Unless you’re so unimaginative that you would actually be a porn star yourself:

Lara Madden, 25, is an actress in the pornography industry. She is a former Houstonian who has appeared in about a dozen X-rated movies under the stage name "Syvette Wimberly."

That’s the problem.

The real Syvette Wimberly was one of Madden’s classmates at Kingwood High School. The women knew each other in the ninth grade.

Wimberly does not believe it’s a coincidence that her old classmate is now using her name.

"I imagine she knew the name and maybe thought it sounded catchy and was unique," Wimberly said.

Wimberly is suing Madden for invasion of privacy and emotional distress.

I’ve read the complaint, and I have to say, I think Ms. Non-Porn Wimberly doesn’t have a strong case.  It’s not like Lara Madden was trying to capitalize on the good name of (the real) Syvette Wimberly.  More importantly, you don’t have a "right to privacy" with your public name — so it’s not an invasion of privacy for someone to use the same name (so long as, of course, they are not pretending to be you.  That would be "fraud").

And intentional infliction of emotional distress?  There is simply nothing in the complaint which even alleges that the name-using was done with the specific intention of hurting Ms. Wimberly.

Sorry, Ms. Wimberly.