Towson, MD asked in Copyright, Business Law, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Maryland

Q: Can I receive settlements from businesses?

I am a freelance model , I post most of my work on my social media accounts and run that as my business page as well . For years small brands and large cooperations use and manipulate my images into business logos , promotional marketing and evening jewelry and interior design products . Can I receive compensation for this ?

2 Lawyer Answers
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Clifton, NJ

A: You need to retain local counsel to set up the right corporate entities for you, then have an intellectual property attorney set up the appropriate protections for you. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS LICENSED IN YOUR STATE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local attorney.

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales
Answered
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Oberlin, OH

A: You have copyright rights in photos and images that you have created, but not necessarily in images of you that others have created. Depending upon what exactly you created, and what the other people have done with those images, you may be entitled to damages for copyright infringement. The new Copyright Claims Board may be an appropriate venue for you to use, or you may have to sue in federal court. You should seek out a copyright litigation attorney for specific advice.

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