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OR APPROPRIATION OF THE NAME AND LIKENESS OF A FAMOUS PERSON

In Nevada, the elements for a claim of invasion of privacy by invasion of the right of publicity or appropriation of the name and likeness of a famous person are:

  1. Defendant uses the name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness of another by a person, firm or corporation;
  2. Without the permission of the person;
  3. The misappropriation of the person’s likeness or identity is a personal injury;
  4. Defendant sought and obtained commercial value from the misappropriation of the person’s name or likeness;
  5. The commercial value belongs to the famous person;
  6. Plaintiff is entitled to compensation for damages of not less than $750 for the commercial value taken by the defendant; and
  7. Plaintiff is entitled to injunctive relief and punitive damages.

NRS 597.770 – NRS 597.810; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Bobby Berosini, Ltd., 895 P.2d 1269, 1278 (Nev. 1995); Hetter v. District Court, 110 Nev. 513, 519 (Nev. 1994).

 

See elements for other claims at the Nevada Law Library

About the Author

Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney. His practice focuses on business law, business litigation, and acting as an Arbitrator and Mediator. Peers have named him an AV-Rated Lawyer, Best Lawyers, a Top 100 Super Lawyers in the Mountain States multiple years, and to the Legal Elite and Top Lawyers lists for many years. Mr. Young has been appointed a part time Judge, a Special Master to the Clark County, Nevada Business Court, as an arbitrator by the Nevada Supreme Court. He has been appointed as an arbitrator or mediator of well over 250 legal disputes from business disputes to personal injury matters. He has been named Best Lawyers for Arbitration. Mr. Young is a respected author of ten books, including A Litigator’s Guide to Federal Evidentiary Objections, A Litigator’s Guide to the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Court Civil Litigation Checklist.
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