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Asked on: 1/19/07, 2:28 pm

Use of celebrity pictures on website...

I sell women's celebrity fashions on my website: I collect pictures of celebrities from various different celebrity fan sites on the internet. I don't think that the owners of these fan sites have legal rights over these images. Also, several different fan sites for the same celebrity will have the same exact pictures. Anyway, I copy and collect these pictures and use them as somewhat of a reference to sell products the products on my site. Is this illegal? Do I need permission from these celebrities to use their pictures to help sell my products? I see lots of different celebrity fashion sites use pictures of celebrities to sell their products. I also see lots of celebrity weekly magazines use these same pictures that I use in their publications. Do they need permission to use the pictures? If so, from who? Do I need to put some kind if disclaimer on my site saying that these celebrities do not endorse my products? My most important question is if it is illegal to use these pictures on my site. I'd appreciate any and all information you can give me. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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