Copyrighting 'likeness'

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pilposh
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Copyrighting 'likeness'

Post by pilposh » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:44 pm

hi there,

I run a very small internet web shop selling various items featuring a relatively famous pop musician.

I''m in the U.K obviously, and as far as I was aware, no-one (famous or otherwise) can copyright their own likeness.

Since I created the images, the copyright is mine. Is that correct?

I''ve just received quite a threatening letter from the pop musician''s merchandising companies lawyer, who happens to live in LA, USA. I guess he isn''t familiar with the British law. Does he really have a case?

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Not a copyright infringement --- but....

Post by Sammy » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:37 pm

I agree that this is not a copyright matter, but that does not mean that the merchandising company is wrong to object.

I am concerned that your actions could be seen as passing off or even counterfieting. I would suggest that you take this matter to a solicitor for a proper appraisal.

It does rather sound as though you are trading off the back of the musicians success. :)

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