help! may i use michael jackson's images in my app?

Discussion in 'iPhone/iPad Programming' started by michael.james, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    i'm michael's fans. wanna create a iphone app for memory him. however, in my plan, this app inculding some classic icons, vocal concert images. i don't know use these are legal or not. any one can help me? thx so much.:)
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    No. And your better bet would be to locate whomever is handling this side of his business and ask.
  3. macrumors newbie

    thx u so much
  4. macrumors newbie

    another question, whether is it tortious to use the silhouette image that imitates michael jackson or the 3D actions which are made according to his dance steps in the app? :p

    the silhouette like this
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Your intention is for it to be Michael Jackson, so I think you should seek permission.

    Surely you would have to get permission of the person who made that graphic?
  6. macrumors newbie

    gotcha, uh about the action, using 3d model dance like MJ. may i including this in app? all action were made by myself
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Were not really copyright lawyers and thus do not want to advise you wrongly. Perhaps try a more specialised picture/ graphic design forum who deal with this problem on a daily basis.

    Once you have an answer post back here your findings as Im interested now.
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Such choreography is probably copy-written but, as stridemat said, we're not copyright lawyers. Start by reading this from the U.S. Copyright Office and then you probably need to contact better resources than this forum. Also, if you brand your app as some kind of Michael Jackson homage, you will need to get permission from his estate. On the flip side, if you don't mention Michael Jackson, what's going to attract users to your app?
  9. macrumors member

    IANAL, but here's how I understand it.

    You will be using his likeness and infringing on trademark. It is his estate's prerogotive to protect their IP rights. So, no... unless you make some kind of deal. (It's called business.)

    Besides, Help! was the Beatles.
  10. macrumors 604

    and Apple might not allow you to even put it in the app store if they suspect it's a violation of copyright or trademark

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