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Q: Am I able to use superman image on my website?

Hello! I am creating a website for my product. It's called X-RAY. So I would like to use Superman image on one of the pages as a part of design, because superman has x-ray vision.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Using an image of Superman on your website for commercial purposes could lead to legal issues due to copyright and trademark laws. Superman is a copyrighted and trademarked character owned by DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Using his image without permission could be seen as an infringement on their intellectual property rights.

For commercial use, such as on a website promoting a product, it's necessary to obtain a licensing agreement from the copyright and trademark holder. This agreement would grant you the rights to use Superman's image in association with your product.

Without this agreement, using Superman's image could result in legal action against you by the rights holders. They have the right to protect their intellectual property, including against unauthorized use in commercial settings.

If you're set on using a superhero theme, consider creating a unique character or image that doesn't infringe on existing intellectual property. Alternatively, seeking legal advice on how to obtain the necessary rights for using Superman's image would be a prudent course of action. Remember, respecting copyright and trademark laws is crucial in business to avoid legal complications.

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