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My daughter drew Marilyn Monroe and wants to silk screen the

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My daughter drew Marilyn Monroe and wants to silk screen the image she drew on a T-shirt and sell the shirts online. Is there a royalty or fee of any kind for using this image on a T-shirt.

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there is no copyright issue if the drawing/image is her original work, but there may be a right of publicity issue with respect to the celebrity.

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right of publicity laws vary from state to state (State Law)

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Maryland is among the clear minority of States in which the right of publicity is not recognized as a property right either by statute or under the common law

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So they will have little or no case law on the subject. It would be worth checking with a local attorney before starting the enterprise, but chances are it will not be an issue

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