Allison Hope Weiner
November 01, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

First he shuns U.N. inspectors and secretly builds large caches of chemical and biological weaponry, and now this! In the days before his Oct. 15 landslide reelection, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ran TV and radio ads featuring the 1992 Whitney Houston version of Dolly Parton’s ”I Will Always Love You,” according to news reports. Houston’s spokeswoman says the diva was ”very unhappy” about the unauthorized usage, while Parton’s rep declined to comment. But what are the legal options when a foreign despot steals your licks? Within hours of seeing an Oct. 14 Internet story about the spots, lawyers at Houston’s label, Arista, fired off a cease-and-desist letter to the Iraqi mission to the U.N. in Manhattan. The company isn’t seeking financial damages. (Iraqi officials were unable to comment at press time.) Meanwhile, Saddam apparently has no plans to appropriate ”Whatchulookinat.”

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