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Q: May can i design drawing Albert Einstein in my style or photo editing for print on demand business ?

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Joshua Adam Davis
Joshua Adam Davis
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Brooklyn, NY

A: You may be on safe ground, BUT you must discuss the specific facts surrounding your idea with an intellectual property attorney in a confidential setting. A federal court in California ruled that Albert Einstein's likeness was no longer protected by New Jersey's laws regarding post-mortem rights of publicity. However, if you are basing your design(s) on copyrighted works (e.g., photographs, paintings, etc.), you run the risk of copyright infringement.

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