Your husband is right Amery. Because of where I live, (Los Angeles/
Malibu area), I sell to a lot of actors, musician, movie, television
and music people. Because of that, my work frequently ends up on film
and television. From past experience, I can assure you that you do
have to get permission, as any images from a film fall under
copywrite laws, even if it is your jewelry that is on the actor. If
the work is on film then get permission in writing from the
production company or the studio. Specify what you wish to use it
for. If it is on an actor outside of a film, unless that actor is a
pal, (and even then ask first), also get it in writing. Not doing
that can end up in nasty legal threats or a lawsuit. Just ask the
people who designed the wedding rings for Brad Pitt and Jennifer
Another example: 20 years ago, my now ex-husband was one of the top
car stereo designers and installers in the country. One of his jobs
was to install a $15,000 stereo system in a mercedes for a certain
aging balding actor, who’s 40 something ex-wife not long ago married
a very cute young pup of 20 something. That actor became really
palsy- walsy with my ex. At the shop every few days, had pictures
taken with my ex, etc. The job was amazing, and some elements of it
were really cool.The actor was beside himself with thanks and
accolades. Later, one of the trade magazines did a write up on the
job. No pictures of the actor, but mentioning his name once.
Threatening letters to my ex began immediately, lawsuits were filed
against the trade mag etc…It wasn’t pretty, and it was settled
out of court, but for a sum…and this wasn’t even a studio.
Don’t do it. Your jewelry is now owned by the studio, or the actor as
is any image of it made by that studio. You might also have some
difficulty obtaining permission to use the images if you are able to
obtain them in the first place. In many cases studios see such use
as unwanted advertising for goods and therefore an unwanted and
unpaid for endorsement of your work by the studio or actor.
I never use the images, even though I do have permission from several
of the actors or musicians. Too sticky, also…perhaps a little
tacky as even the smallest dry cleaner, auto repair shop or deli
around here has signed pics of actors up on their walls.
Just my two cents.
Lisa, (Chickens have been jumping the 6’ fence into the goat pen
every day to get away from the rooster and check out the goat feed.
Goats then chase them around nipping their feathers until I throw
them back over the fence. Pretty funny.) Topanga, CA USA