Trump May Lose $7 Million Mugshot: Donald Trump aimed to profit off merchandise featuring his mugshot from the Fulton County indictment. But he may have violated copyright law and faced losing the estimated $7 million in earnings.
Trump knew his voter base would eagerly buy mugshot shirts and mugs. However, his lawyers overlooked checking the legality first.
Trump May Lose $7 Million Mugshot
Per a University of Georgia law journal, mugshot copyright belongs to the law enforcement agency, likely the Fulton County sheriff here. So the sheriff could legally pursue Trump’s profits.
Fulton County happens to desperately need funds for its jail. Going after Trump’s mugshot merch earnings would be opportune.
Ironically, Trump’s aide threatened anyone making unauthorized mugshot merch. Yet Trump himself may have infringed on the mugshot’s rights.
If the sheriff does sue over copyright, Trump faces losing profits and another legal battle. His attempt to capitalize on the mugshot could backfire significantly.
Trump’s team presumed they could freely profit from his booking image. But overlooking intellectual property rights may turn a merchandise money-maker into a costly legal liability.
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