October 30, 2007

Slate’s Explainer’s Halloween Column [6:09 pm]

On the right of publicity: Can Hillary Clinton stop companies from selling Halloween masks of her face?

[...] Could Hillary Clinton order the companies to stop selling her face?

Not really. She and her lawyers could make a case, but it’s hard for public figures like politicians to sue and win in these situations. Depending on state laws, private individuals can control how their image is used under the “right of publicity,” the legal principle that applies if someone uses your name or likeness to sell a product.

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