I'm not sure if copyright is the correct term, but you likely understand what I mean. I'll flesh it out a bit more:
Assume a toy was made in the likeness of a celebrity, and from its movement and sounds it is apparent that it is a likeness of the celebrity1 , and that it would be sold using that persons name and (for the most part) sell because of that persons popularity.
Although it's a matter of opinion, I know (being the designer) that it would be made out of respect for that person, but there is always a chance they may not like aspects of it.
The celebrity comes from a country that I am not citizen of (neither of us are from the US). The sales would happen online and globally.
- can I be held accountable by the person for any profits I make from the sale of these toys?
- if so, what if I have already passed the profits on to a charity that (I suspect) they would approve of, would I be liable anyway?
I figure it might be prudent to approach them first, but I was wondering where I would stand regardless ...
1: their appearance, the way they move or their voice are copyright free as far as I am aware...