Right of Publicity


In today’s digital age, the line between personal identity and public persona has become increasingly blurred. For individuals whose livelihood depends on their image, name, or likeness, protecting these assets is paramount. This is where our experienced right of publicity attorneys comes into play. At Cohen Fineman, LLC, we specialize in safeguarding your rights and protecting your identity from unauthorized commercial use. Our experienced team dedicates itself to providing comprehensive legal solutions tailored to your unique needs.

What is the Right of Publicity?

The right of publicity or personality rights refers to an individual’s legal right to control and profit from the commercial use of their name, image, likeness, and other identifiable aspects of their persona. This area of law is particularly significant for celebrities, athletes, musicians, and public figures, but it can also apply to anyone whose identity has commercial value.

Importance of the Right of Publicity

Personality rights is essential for several reasons:

  • Economic Control: It allows individuals to monetize their persona.
  • Personal Autonomy: It gives individuals control over how their image is used.
  • Personal Autonomy: It allows individuals to control how their image is used.
  • Prevention of Exploitation: It helps prevent unauthorized use that could lead to misrepresentation or damage to reputation.

Services Provided by Right of Publicity Attorneys

We offer a comprehensive range of services to protect and enforce your personality rights:

Legal Consultation and Strategy Development

Understanding the intricacies of right of publicity laws can be challenging. Our attorneys provide detailed consultations to help you understand your rights and develop a strategic plan to protect them.

Drafting and Reviewing Contracts

Contracts are critical in the entertainment and sports industries. We draft and review contracts to ensure your right of publicity is adequately protected and that you receive fair compensation for the use of your persona.

Enforcement and Litigation

When your right of publicity is violated, swift action is necessary. Our attorneys are experienced in enforcing these rights through negotiations and, if necessary, litigation. We work tirelessly to secure appropriate remedies, including monetary damages and injunctions.

Negotiating Licensing Agreements

Licensing agreements allow you to authorize the use of your image, name, or likeness for commercial purposes. We negotiate these agreements to ensure you receive maximum value and protection.

Advising on Media and Public Relations

Our right of publicity attorneys advise on the legal implications of media and public relations strategies, helping you maintain control over your public image and prevent unauthorized exploitation.

The Legal Framework of Right of Publicity

State Laws and Variability

In the United States, state law primarily governs the right of publicity, leading to significant variability in the definition and enforcement of these rights. Some states, like California and New York, have robust statutory protections, while others rely on common law precedents.

Federal Considerations

While there is no federal right of publicity law, federal laws such as the Lanham Act can intersect with publicity rights, particularly concerning false endorsements and trademark issues.

International Aspects

For clients with a global presence, understanding international right of publicity laws is crucial. We offer guidance on navigating these complexities to protect your rights worldwide.

Why Choose Cohen Fineman, LLC?

Choosing the right legal representation is critical. At Cohen Fineman, LLC, we stand out for several reasons:

Knowledge and Experience

Our attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge in right of publicity law. We will represent clients in high-stakes cases, securing favorable outcomes and significant settlements.

Personalized Approach

We understand that each client’s situation is unique. Our personalized approach ensures that we develop tailored strategies that align with your specific needs and goals.

Proven Track Record

Our law firm has a proven track record of success in protecting and enforcing right of publicity claims. Our reputation for excellence and client satisfaction speaks for itself.

The Process of Working with Cohen Fineman, LLC

Initial Consultation

Our process begins with a thorough initial consultation to understand your needs and objectives. We provide clear, actionable advice on the best steps to protect your personality rights. All initial consultations are free.

Strategic Planning

Based on the consultation, we develop a strategic plan tailored to your specific situation. This includes identifying potential risks and opportunities and outlining a path forward.

Implementation and Enforcement

We then move to implement the strategy, which may involve drafting contracts, negotiating agreements, or taking legal action to enforce your rights. Throughout this process, we keep you informed and involved, ensuring transparency and collaboration.

Ongoing Support

Our commitment doesn’t end with a single case. We provide ongoing support to help you navigate the evolving landscape of right of publicity law, adapting our strategies as needed to continue protecting your rights.


We pride ourselves on providing legal services and protecting our clients’ personal rights with utmost dedication. Our clients’ satisfaction and success stories are a testament to our commitment and expertise in right of publicity law. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about their experience with us:

Joseph Bruce Sofia
Joseph Bruce Sofia
Mr (Sam) and Mrs (Lynn Cohen) are exceptional at what they do. They respond quickly, work efficiently, with fees that are reasonable and within reach to the person looking for a good lawyer without having to pay exuberant charges. I have recommended Cohen & Fineman to numerous people over the years, all of whom have been satisfied on a five star level. My review -- five star all the way!
Nicole Kirkwood-Norris
Nicole Kirkwood-Norris
I had a great experience with this law office. I'm starting up a small business and Sam Fineman was extremely knowledgeable and helpful walking me through agreements. Very professional and I look forward to working with them in the future. Highly recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

The right of publicity is the legal right to control and profit from the commercial use of your name, image, likeness, and other identifiable aspects of your persona.

Anyone whose identity has commercial value, including celebrities, athletes, television personalities, musicians, public figures, and even private individuals with significant social media followings.

If you believe your right of publicity has been violated, it is essential to seek legal counsel immediately. Our attorneys can help you understand your options and take appropriate action.

Yes, in many jurisdictions, the right of publicity can be transferred through contracts or inherited by your heirs.

While both protect aspects of your persona, the right of publicity specifically addresses the commercial use of your identity, whereas trademark law primarily protects brand names, logos, and other identifiers used in commerce.

Remedies can include monetary damages, injunctions to prevent further unauthorized use, and sometimes punitive damages depending on the jurisdiction and severity of the violation.

Protect Your Identity with Right of Publicity Attorneys at Cohen Fineman, LLC

In a world where image and identity hold immense value, protecting your personality rights is crucial. At Cohen Fineman, LLC, we provide helpful legal services to safeguard your rights. Whether you need assistance with contract negotiations, enforcement actions, or strategic planning, our experienced right of publicity attorneys are here to help. Contact us today at (856) 304-0699 or click the button below to secure your identity and maximize your commercial potential.

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