There is a football/soccer player called Johan Cruyff.
I am starting a soccer school business.
I want to use as my slogan "Believing in Cruyff's methods"... Would this be allowed?
1 Answer from Attorneys
If done without permission, you could be violating his right of privacy and publicity, which are state governed laws that vary. These kick in when one uses the name, image or likeness of another (especially a famous person) to help sell or promote a good or service. Many states even extend these rights to deceased persons ranging from 10-100 years after they pass.
If you need more clarification, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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