Court Rules Artists Can Use Celebrity Images

Do artists have the right to use images of celebrities in their work? The California Supreme Court says yes. “The court said celebrities have the right to prevent their likenesses from being used simply to sell products, a doctrine illustrated by a 2001 ruling against an artist who sold T-shirts and lithographs with drawings of the Three Stooges. But in a unanimous decision, the justices said artists and publishers have a constitutional right to produce works that include an image, creatively transformed, of an actual person.”