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How Many Times Can a Newspaper Photograph I Permitted be Reprinted?

Posted by attorney Bruce Burdick

You likely gave up your right to privacy as to that picture when you let it be put in newspaper. You do not own the copyright since the paper's photographer, not you, took the picture. You likely have no right of publicity claim unless it is being used commercially to promote goods or services, which does not appear to be the case. You likely have no trademark related to the picture that you could assert. So, it does not appear to me you have any rights to stop this. However, that does not mean you cannot raise a reasonable complaint, particularly if any of the facts you have not told us militate in your favor. So, if this is important to you, see an Intellectual Property Lawyer, preferably one licensed in your state, ask for a free initial consultation, and let that attorney see if he or she can find a reasonable grounds based in fact and law on which to raise a complaint or objection. Once you give away permission, unless you set a limit on the number of times it could be used, they get to "exploit you" an infinite number of times. See why we say see an attorney before you make deals involving intellectual property right? This could have been easily prevented by an IP attorney.

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