Westerville, OH asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Ohio

Q: Do I need permission to organize an event with a "where's Waldo" theme? Does this infringe on the current copyrights?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
Answered
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If you use images of Waldo and other recognizable features of the books, then yes, it would infringe the copyright. Getting permission might be difficult to track down the owner. The book publisher might have the rights, or the author might have retained them. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local copyright attorney to review what you want to do and advise you of potential liability.

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