Can I sell products using images from the Internet?

Thank you for all the information, but can you help me? I’ve found images on the Internet. The photos are not labelled copywritten, so am I able to use them to print on a T-shirt and sell? Or is that illegal?

Rhiannon on June 24, 2012

Legally you need to get permission from the photographer before using his or her photos on goods for sale. It does not matter that the photos are not labeled with copyright information — that is optional, though would admittedly help in this situation.

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January 15, 2014

Can I use celebrities in the clothes I sell on my internet fashion clothing site as models

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

January 15, 2014

No, not without their permission, as you might get sued. Celebrities (like other people) get paid to endorse products and model clothes, so not paying them could be a form of stealing. In the U.S., laws include unfair competition (Lanham Act, federal) and right of publicity (state law, based on where the celebrity lives, or, if dead, last lived). I see you’re in Australia, I do not know the laws there.

Note that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice; consult a local lawyer for advice.

Best wishes,


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