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Offline manishsqrt

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Can i use celebrity image for promoting some website
« on: May 22, 2015, 10:11:03 PM »
I have a website on which i write about celebrities, like actors, business tycoons, sportsmen etc.I am planning to advertise the website on google adwords and using images of these celebrities.I know when companies use celebrity images they pay huge amount to them,But my website don't have large readership at present.Neither we have any company.Can i be legally suited by celebrities for doing so.

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Re: Can i use celebrity image for promoting some website
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 11:46:45 PM »
When you use x person's photograph to advertise your product than you need to pay for it.

but in your case you are going to write about x than place that x's photograph along with it, here you are not advertising your product, rather you are giving free publicity to x so no need of any permission or monetary consideration.

is it clear.

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Re: Can i use celebrity image for promoting some website
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2015, 11:06:14 PM »
As Swagata rightly said; you need to pay royalty; if you are using the celebrity's photo to promote your business. But not if writing an article about the celeb. However you need mention credits at the bottom of the page to the website from where you picked the photos. Suhas Katti

 

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