In New York and across the United States, intellectual property is an area of the law that is consistently violated. People can easily have their inventions, work and likenesses compromised without their permission. For famous performers, it is imperative to keep an eye on how their image is used as it can harm their career and livelihood. A recent case involving actress and singer Selena Gomez shows its importance.
Gomez is seeking $10 million in a lawsuit after mobile game creators were found to have used her likeness. Allegedly, other celebrities were also victimized. The game is an app letting users purchase “diamonds” that cost between $0.99 and $99.99. The players can take virtual shopping excursions with famous people. Gomez says there is a character in the game using her image, and she did not agree to it being used. Her legal filing states that she was never asked and would not have agreed even if she had been asked.
A British company that holds the copyrights and a Chinese seller are named in the lawsuit. Gomez claims that she is careful about how her image is used and strives to be a positive influence on young people. In addition, the game is said to have various bugs with a mediocre rating from people who have reviewed it.
Celebrities should be cognizant of their images and be sure they are shielded from these violations, but intellectual property laws are not limited to prominent figures. Anyone who believes there was wrongdoing with their property and trademarks may think about seeking legal remedies. Fortunately, there are alternatives. The violations can be stopped, and compensation might be awarded. A law firm experienced in intellectual property and trademark cases may assess the claim.