Do you believe that your identity or likeness has been used without your permission by another individual or business? If so, you may have a legitimate Right of Publicity claim. “Right of Publicity” is commonly known as an individual’s ownership of their name, image, and likeness, but the truth is California law provides fairly expansive protections against the exploitation of a citizen.
If you believe you have one of these claims, then the knowledgeable Los Angeles Right of Likeness / Publicity attorney at Okabe & Haushalter is ready to hear from you. At our firm, we understand that for some individuals, protection of their public image is key to their career, their livelihood, and their reputation. When someone’s identity is used without their permission to make money, legal action against those responsible is called for.
Ready to learn more about your Right of Publicity claim options? Call us at 310.953.3799 to speak with our team.
What Is Legally Protected?
Under California’s Right of Publicity law (Cal. Civ. Code § 3344), several unique elements linked to a single individual are protected from the exploitation of others. To properly substantiate one of these claims, it must be demonstrated that the exploited feature is readily identifiable as belonging to the plaintiff.
Under Cal. Civ. Code § 3344, the following featires are protected:
- Photographs (including film and video)
- Voices (but not imitations)
Of these elements, likeness probably poses the most challenging to prove and interpret. Likenesses are often artistic renderings that can suggest or reference an individual but then diverge from that image in key ways in order to skirt legal responsibility. No matter what kind of exploitation you may be experiencing, our firm is ready to assess your options. If your identity has been used without your permission, our team is prepared to take aggressive steps towards holding those at fault accountable.
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