I want to use an editorial (image which cannot be used for commercial purpose) image which contains a celebrity and crest of the sports team.

I've use Photoshop filters to create a water-paint effect photo. The face of the celebrity is completely hidden/blurred as is any crest or other identifiable data.

Can I use this derivative image for commercial purpose?


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Theres no such thing as "change it this much and it's okay."

Derivative work is generally not allowed without written permission.

  • what if the photographer gives permission for the photo by the photo is of a celebrity who cannot be contacted? Jun 25, 2013 at 4:58
  • THe photographer can not transfer rights for the celebrity.
    – Scott
    Jun 25, 2013 at 5:01

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