Virginia Beach, VA asked in Copyright for Virginia

Q: Can I get sued for using an actor's name?

I'm writing a book, and I want to use Leonardo DeCaprio's hair cut (from the '90s) and I feel like the readers won't be able to know what I'm talking about if I don't say something like, "It looks like Leonardo DeCaprio's haircut." Can I get sued for doing that? Like sued for copyright?

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: will depend on the context and extent.

If you are just making a minor mention, like in a critique, it may fall under fair use.

if it is bigger than that, you may be stepping in his rights.

check with an attorney.

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