I appeared in a drama this summer. There is a photographer selling photos of the performance. None of the performers signed a release. By the way, all of the performers were volunteers. Can he sell photos without a release?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Everyone has a "right of publicity," which is the ability to control the commercial use of your name, image, or persona. If a photgrapher is financially benefitting from the use of your image and you have not permitted such use, you may have a case against him. If the use is for newsworthy or public interest purposes, however, it may not be considered a violation of your right. Each state has its own laws relating to this right and each use scenario varies, so it will be important that you consult with a local attorney regarding your case.
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