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Old 08-03-2019, 11:12 AM
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Can I paint and sell Marilyn Monroe image?

I tried to find a copyright answer to this question, but it appears that there is at least one court case regarding this topic. (I am no lawyer and it is confusing to me.)

Can I proceed to paint an image of Marilyn Monroe and even sell the painting without worrying about copyright infringement? Thank you.


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Old 08-03-2019, 05:11 PM
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Re: Can I paint and sell Marilyn Monroe image?

The Estate of Marilyn Monroe claims right of publicity and trademark over Marilyn. There are court cases arguing that others can reproduce her likeness without infringing on this.

If you are not copying an existing work (or substantially deriving from it) you are probably safe on copyright. Trademark and publicity rights are another can of worms entirely. As you and I discovered in researching it there is a lack of clarity at present as to what the situation is.
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