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Till Death Do Us Part? How to Deal With Celebrity Publicity Rights When That Celebrity Passes

by Reed Smith on

The tragic death of renowned recording artist Prince left many reminiscing about his meticulously crafted public image. In life, the law allowed Prince to control the commercial exploitations of his image.  At death, however,...more

Sign O’ the Times: the Right of Publicity Comes to Minnesota

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The ability to control the use of one’s name, likeness, voice, and other personal attributes is known as the right of publicity. Unlike trademarks, patents, and copyrights, which are types of intellectual property governed...more

Protecting An Artist's Legacy Through Estate Planing, Probate and Post-Death Administratin Part 2

by Tamera Bennett on

Part 2 of 2: In the US alone, thousands of copyright creators and/or copyright owners die each year. How many of these folks create a comprehensive estate plan, or even a basic will or simple trust? The goal of estate...more

Protecting An Artist's Legacy Through Estate Planing, Probate and Post-Death Administratin Part 1

by Tamera Bennett on

Part 1 of 2: In the US alone, thousands of copyright creators and/or copyright owners die each year. How many of these folks create a comprehensive estate plan, or even a basic will or simple trust? The goal of estate...more

Saunders v. Jerry Garcia Estate, LLC

First Amended Complaint

by Tamera Bennett on

The latest suit against assets once controlled by Jerry Garcia involves the trust holding the publicity rights of musician Merl Saunders vs Jerry Garcia Estate, LLC. Merl Saunders performed hundreds of times with Garcia...more

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