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You can't use a celebrities name or likeness on any merchandise without permission.

It's called the "right to publicity". Meaning, the celebrity (or whoever actually) has the right to decide how their image and name is used commercially.

As posted above, politicians are exempt from this "right to publicity" rule for some reason. That's why people can get away with selling Arnold Schwartzenegger t-shirts (as long as they are related to him being governor of California).

How in the heck does SNL get away with mocking anything in sight and profiting from it?
It could be that he has permission or it could be that they already went through a legal process and had a precident set. Or, it could be that since SNL is so big, it's almost extra PR for a celebrity to be featured or parodied there. No way to tell without talking to SNL I guess :)
 

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I wonder if the "line" is "merchandise for sale". Mad Magazine and SNL don't sell parody "products", they publish a form of media.

Maybe where they draw the line is making products for sale with the parody or likeness.
 

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If you search Michael Jackson on Ebay, you get about a thousand t-shirts with his name and face. Are these people getting in trouble? Also, what defines a celebrity, are we celebrities because we sale t-shirts?
Actually, the "right to publicity" applies to everyone...not just celebrities. So noone can use your likeness or name on products for sale without your permission.

You'll probably want to talk to a lawyer if you want detailed answers as to why some people get away with breaking the law and others don't :)

But if Michael Jackson or his "estate" contacted eBay to tell them to remove the items, they would have to.

If you have a copyright or trademark, eBay is very good at making sure your rights are protected. You can have an auction closed if it is violating your trademark.
 
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