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12/04/2011 06:17:49 PM · #1
Could you sell images of a football team legally without getting consent from the NFL?

In my case I was thinking of putting up for sale a few images taken inside the Superdome of the New Orleans Saints. Some have players in the image (but not singling out one particular player) and some or just of the field where the logo is prominently displayed in the center of the field. All the images were taken within the specs of camera and lenses that are allowed into the sporting event and were OKed by security to enter with them. All were taken from my seat in the stands.

I'm thinking that the NFL probably has so much legal jargon that the answer is more than likely a resounding "NO."

Message edited by author 2011-12-04 18:19:47.
12/04/2011 06:39:47 PM · #2
this might help:

//www.thelaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44128
12/04/2011 06:46:04 PM · #3
Start by reading the language on the back of the ticket stub.

For sure you can't use them commercially (non-editorial stock, calendar, cards, etc.), but you may be able to sell individual "fine art prints" of the images.
12/04/2011 09:56:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by SEG:

Could you sell images of a football team legally without getting consent from the NFL?

no.
12/04/2011 10:59:36 PM · #5
The NFL tried to deny the use of a catch phrase "WHO DAT"....so I would think that pics are not really sellable...unless u wanna get sued
12/05/2011 01:29:27 AM · #6
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Start by reading the language on the back of the ticket stub.

For sure you can't use them commercially (non-editorial stock, calendar, cards, etc.), but you may be able to sell individual "fine art prints" of the images.


I think Paul has the correct answer. But you won't be able to sell them and be successful at it without eventually paying someone to defend what you are doing.
12/05/2011 03:49:47 AM · #7
Garry Winogrand did it. Twice. In 1953 and again in 1974.
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