Family has owned a piece of property that has old structures on it that have previously been used in movies, commercials and photo shoots. Recently I have found out that images of the property have been used without permission for a movie and it’s promotional items however they had never obtained any permission for filming or still images. Looking to see what can be done.
It sounds like your only recourse would be trespass on the land, if it can be proven. There's no right of publicity of inanimate objects and it doesn't sound like you've used the look of the buildings as a service mark like a fast food restaurant.
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Almost all pieces of real estate is in the public, and anyone can photograph it and use their own video and/or still photo for whatever they want.
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I think we need more detail here to address this. Are you concerned about the infringement of pictures that you are the owner of? Or did someone trespass to get these photos and are now using them?
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