I see a lot of vendors making look-a-like morphs these days. I think these are fine for personal use, but I wouldn’t feel to confident about using them for commercial use…how do those of you who frequent this thread feel?
Everything that follows are my personal opinion and feelings about the question.
I feel that selling celebrity characters (as well as clothes and props, based on popular movies, games, etc) is a parasitic way to boost sales with others’ people/movies/games popularity which would do a lion’s share of promotion for such vendor when vendor did nothing to promote or made the initial actor/movie/game/etc and/or made them popular. Not only vendors have no rights to use celebrity likeness commercially (I bet nobody asked Jonny Depp if he wants to have 3D character made of him and sold under different name), but people who create original characters (thus putting more effort and creativity in such creation instead of just technical reproduction, however perfect, of already existing person) have to compete harder than the ones that sell another knock-off of Lara Croft. I ease on clothes sometimes because those can be retextured into something completely different and sometimes changed enough to be sufficiently different even in mesh, but character sets is another business.
So I don’t use celebrities whatever it is possible not to use them and I don’t or rarely support vendors who sell such things commercially. But if I had to use them, it would never be a commercial use as I have no agreement with any of celebrities for rights to use their likeness commercially. The more technically perfect celebrity character is done initially, the less rights I have to use it as full character, combined “skin+morph” that creates that very likeness, so I’d use a skin with some completely different morph or morph with a skin of different color. To use technically perfect, 90%+ likeness celebrity character as a render of him/her would be the same that use a likeness from a unlicensed photograph, IMHO, even if you did this render yourself because celebrities still hold rights on their own likeness, regardless of the medium.
Again, this is how I feel, and of course and everything said is my personal position and nothing else.