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Is it legal to create a fake spokesperson?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by sadshow, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. sadshow

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    I want to create a fake spokesperson for a line of products I am creating in a specific niche. Is it legal to create a fake person with a name and picture?

    I also want the person's name to be "Dr. ___" and claim that he/she is an expert. If I don't provide any details about why this person is an "expert" and I don't explain that they have a PhD or anything specific, is this legal? Technically I'm not saying this person has a PhD, I'm just labeling them as "Dr. ___", but I don't know where the legal line is drawn here.

    I know companies have spokespeople who are characters and not real people, persay, but I don't know what the limit is on this strategy. Any and all input on this thread would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Conor

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    I'm pretty sure it's fine dude. Call him Dr. Zues or something.
     
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    if it is medical advice, then stay away.
    it is dangerous and not to be taken lightly.
    trust me, you do not want to get sued,
    even if you are innocent, legal fees are huge.
     
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  4. carlikito

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    Impersonating a Doctor is actually illegal.

    Call him Shaman or witch doctor instead
     
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  5. RedStain

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    How about just call him "The Doctor"? And give him a little blue phone booth
     
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    It's not medical related, but thanks though that's useful information.
     
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  7. sadshow

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    How about using myself as the spokesperson but with a made-up name? Does this constitute fraud or can I call it my "professional name" or my "character".
     
  8. carlikito

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    Are you located in the US, Canada, EU? If not you can call yourself whatever you want.

    Most professional accreditations have laws and regulations that make it a crime to give yourself certain tittles.
     
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    Why not find a real doctor and ask if he will be your mascot/spokesperson?
     
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    Because then I'll have to give him a piece of the action. A fake person doesn't need to be paid.:D
     
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    Thanks everybody. So a fake person/identity is ok, but the Dr. title is not?
     
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    Fake person is ok. Pretending to be a specialist in some field (especially medical) is a criminal offense.
     
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    In some videos my customer claims to be a pro dietitian phd. Is it ok or should I warn him? Dietitian is not a doctor. The company is also from the EU so when he asked me for advice I told him that I am no expert but IMO the worst that could happen is getting his youtube channel banned.
     
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    Have you ever seen commercials with doctors and somewhere in the small writing you will read "not an actual doctor, actors were used in the filming of this commercial". Seems like this would be about the same thing.
     
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    The meaning of that is that the actual person appearing in the commercial is not a real Doctor. However the required medical opinion has been done/reviewed/researched by an actual medical Doctor.
     
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    Say he's from Europe and use one of the "free" titles like teacher, trainer, expert, etc... there are lots of titles that don't require anything.
     
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    What about saying something like "John Smith is one of the most successful ___ in the world"?
     
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    Id find a cheap international attorney and ask them the question. It wont cost too much and you could be saving yourself a world of hurt.
     
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    Legality will only come in to play when you are giving medical advice. As long as you're generic or say something like, "Dr. ____ recommends..." then you'll be fine.
     
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    I don't think it's a legal process.
    In one hand you're saying " FAKE " in in other hand you are asking " is it LEGAL or not "???
    FAKE itself is ILLEGAL!