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Are celebrity websites legal?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by seochris96, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. seochris96

    seochris96 Regular Member

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    If I'm in the United States, can I make a fanpage website about a celebrity and run ads on it to make money?
     
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    Monetizing on a celebrity site is ok till the time it does not threat the actual site of that celebrity,if any, in SERP's. Then he or she may not like your site on top of his/her sie.
     
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    I think it depends highly on the content and where you are located. Freedom of speech is fickle and libel lawsuits are commonplace. Just be careful and tread lightly. If you need to contact a representative you probably should do so.
     
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    Depends what you post / put on your site.
    Depends on how you word it.
    Depends on what you sell.
    Depends on if you defame the celebrity (and then make revenue off the page)

    I have one that has 62,000 followers and grows organically by 1500 new ones per
    month and have not received 1 complaint. The one I own is for a VERY VERY powerfull
    women celeb!!!

    Do it right and you shouldn't be bothered.
    Think of it as if you are running a site with
    YOUR name. Would you want what you are going
    to place the site represent YOU?

    Hope That Helps.
     
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    Good information, guys, and yes, I did write a few emails to q and a lawyers tonight.

    My idea is actually about a certain baseball player and I want to follow what he does everyday (on the field) with blog entries that kind of poke fun at him in a jesting way. Nothing malicious, I want the site to be humor based, although the topic will draw a ton of fans to the site.

    Anyways, I'll continue my search and post updates in case anyone else is considering this in the future. Also, his name is in the domain, although there is another word on the end of it.
     
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    i guess you should just make it look like a fan site, so their lawyers wont come after you as your site would be giving those celebs some publicity too along with making you some money
     
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    i don't think its a problem. there are thousands of Fan pages about the celebraties and all of them are running ok.
    if you search of leonardo de caprio you will find atleast 10 FB fan page. what do you think all of these owned by him???
    so don't get worried start working.
     
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    The bigger concern here might be google stepping in and giving the actual celebrity the #1 spot. It might be pretty hard to beat them in the serps. I have heard of others who have run into this problem. However, #2 isn't too bad if there are a lot of searches. Just don't pretend you are them. I haven't seen problems with sites who don't claim to be the actual celebrity. They love PR, as long as it is mostly good.
     
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    I advise that you should be careful in creating a fan page of a celebrity and earn money from that. You may seek the permission of the celebrity first and propose your online business to him or her. Otherwise, people may find it as a scam.
     
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    Well you can put "The unofficial site of angelina jolie" below your logo if you're making site on angelina jolie
    and also add this little sentence in terms and conditions
    after that you're safe

    coz I have seen a site only for camaro fans.
     
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    Why don't add somewhere in the info section that, this is a fan made fanpage and not an offical fanpage.
     
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    Great
     
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    I have an EMD with a celebrity's name in it. Is this OK? And would it be possible to do AdSense on it? Or should I try to CPA it?
     
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    Label it the "unofficial fan page" or somewhere in a disclaimer at the bottom. Don't say anything that might attract a lawsuit. If you tread carefully and keep it quite civil, you should be okay.
     
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    1. A celebrity, with some stature, would have an agent, manager, and or attorney who should be involved in protecting their intellectual property rights.


    2. If they don't, then we are talking about a lower level celebrity. They may want to consult with one of the above professionals.


    3. Your celeb X needs to formally inform the web dev company to cease and desist from making any reference to their web site being the 'official' site of the celebrity. This should be done properly - which means by a .


    In all honesty, this is not the job of her new webmaster. This a a job for her manager, agent and lawyer. I would advise her to get those people involved to protect her rights.


    If you and the celeb still think it should be you, then you are basically acting as legal counsel not webmaster.