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Old March 25th, 2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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using a celebrity's picture in an animated video clip

I have a question about legal rights. I'm doing a cartoon-based video clip (animated). I wanna use a real picture of a celebrity in it (it will be a poster hung in the singer's room). Think: South Park.
any legal issues?
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Old March 26th, 2004, 03:59 PM   #2
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Yes, there are. Right of privacy / publicity (depending on whether the person is alive or dead), and first amendment parody Huster v. Falwell type rights. You should consult an entertainment lawyer.
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Old March 26th, 2004, 04:03 PM   #3
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The other issue is the copyright on the photo. You have to acquire the rights to it unless it is in the public domain already.
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Old March 27th, 2004, 07:00 AM   #4
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Yeah good point. :) But finding legal photos from somewhere, even that you might have to buy, shouldn't be too difficult.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 03:50 PM   #5
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for celeb pix you can buy try wireimage.com

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