Signature celebration ideal as image right

GARETH BALE’S now-famous heart-shaped goal celebration could be an ideal candidate for registration as an image right in Guernsey, a sports law expert has said.

Gareth Bale’s heart-shaped goal celebration is currently subject to a trademark application, but registering it as an image right would add ‘value, protection and clarity’, according to Irish solicitor Patrick Conliffe.
Gareth Bale’s heart-shaped goal celebration is currently subject to a trademark application, but registering it as an image right would add ‘value, protection and clarity’, according to Irish solicitor Patrick Conliffe.

GARETH BALE’S now-famous heart-shaped goal celebration could be an ideal candidate for registration as an image right in Guernsey, a sports law expert has said.

Patrick Conliffe, an Irish solicitor who manages a number of Irish football clients at McHale Muldoon in Dublin, wrote positively about the island’s image rights law in The Irish Times.

He said that Bale’s signature celebration, which is currently subject to a trademark application in England and the EU, could be registered as an image right without the evidential requirements of a trademark application.

The footballer, or the holder of the image right, could then sell and license the right as a legal commodity.

Mr Conliffe, who is also a registered lawyer with the FA, said the move would add ‘value, protection and clarity’ to the image.

Comments for: "Signature celebration ideal as image right"

PLP

I know football has gone money crazy but this is getting ridiculous. How can someone sell a hand gesture as a legal commodity?

Does that mean kids at school will need to register and pay before imitating their favourite players in the playground?

Island Wide Voting

There's thousands to be made if football crowds were obliged to register their hand gestures

support it

As I understand it registering the hand gesture simply means that no one can profit from using the gesture in, for example, advertising campaigns without prior permission.

If a firm wanted to use the gesture it would be licensed out to them for a fee.

If he were to register it he would have to prove that the gesture is specific to him and that he 'owned' it and he wasn't copying celebrations that have been used before.

Karen

There's a couple of rather choice hand-gestures of my own I could think of in response to this particular one - not sure if they (or I) are exclusive enough to apply for image rights for them mind you!

Can dreaming up a gesture like this (combined with the obligatory ape-like facial expression) really warrant an image rights deal? This just seems really bizarre....how many times to you have to use it before you 'own' it....and what if it's something that other normal people elsewhere have been already doing for years....can they sue?

Like I said....bizarre!

Ian

I never knew it was supposed to be a heart. Whatever next.

PBFALLA

Another guernsey Shambles

Any bidders ?