Msg#: 3586669 posted 2:08 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)
You might want to have a statement saying that the pictures of celebrities carrying similar bags do not indicate an endorsement. There are all kinds of reasons, most of which you won't even know about, that a particular celebrity might not want to be connected to a particular brand or type of item, and putting the photos in proximity to pictures of the products you're selling could easily be seen as implying that there's an endorsement.
This doesn't have to be a negative thing for you - it could even be a selling point. Fashion magazines do it all the time: "Here's Ms. Movie Star in L.A. last week carrying her PriceyBrand bag that sells for $5000. Here's one that shows the same fashion sense that you can buy for $50."
But, yes, be careful about the copyrights of the photos.
[edited by: Beagle at 2:29 am (utc) on Feb. 28, 2008]
Msg#: 3586669 posted 1:12 am on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)
Photos may have a copyright, but they also may be free, so check it out. Usually if you reference it somewhere on your site (like at the bottom) saying "photos by ..so-and-so.." or "photos from ..place-and-place.." then you generally have given credit to the author. Like using a quote in a book you might be writing.
In any case if you are selling these photos, or you are charging people membership to your site, you may want to contact a lawyer depending on how much traffic you expect to receive. When there's a dollar transaction its a whole new set of laws. This includes if they were originally selling the image.
Msg#: 3586669 posted 5:51 am on Mar 8, 2008 (gmt 0)
>>>>>> particular celebrity might not want to be connected to a particular brand or type of item, and putting the photos in proximity to pictures of the products you're selling could easily be seen as implying that there's an endorsement.
This seems to me to be the likely response from any celebrity or average citizen.