Silver Spring, MD asked in Business Law and Copyright for Maryland

Q: If I wanted to publish a book and sell it with pictures of memes from the internet is there a copyright issue?

If I wanted to publish a book and sell it with pictures of memes from the internet is there a copyright issue? I looked online and saw a lot of different opinions.

My first thought is always “what are the copyright implications”? These memes do not have signatures and I have no Idea who created them?

Can you help?

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

A: That is a very interesting question. It is very likely a minefield.

You need to consult with an attorney for guidance and strategies to mitigate (can never bring to zero) your risk.

Also consult with an insurance agency specializing in copyright coverage. They can make an assessment of your risk.

Off from the bat I would say you have lots of risks.

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