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Estate Planning Tips from the Loss of a Hollywood Icon

A very notable woman in the entertainment industry (other than Joan Rivers) passed away recently—Lauren Bacall. Lauren, born Betty Joan Perske, left a true legacy in the entertainment world, as well as a couple of good...more

Privacy or Property? Arizona Court Adopts Post-Mortem Right of Publicity In Intra-Family Online Dispute

The right of publicity, i.e., the right not to have others appropriate your name or image for commercial purposes, is an odd duck. It was described by Professor Prosser in 1960, and later in the Restatement of Torts, as of...more

The Bill Graham Show Goes On … and On - Graham-Sult v. Clainos

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the federal district court erred in dismissing claims for copyright infringement, conversion and declaratory relief brought by the sons of the late concert...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 30, 2014

Smith v. Sunshine Sound Enterprises, Inc., USCA, 11th Circuit, January 22, 2014 - Eleventh Circuit reverses dismissal of estate’s claims for copyright infringement, holding that songwriter who assigned his legal rights...more

“Why Don’t you Marry the Girl?”: How the 1909 Copyright Act Helped Bring Down DOMA

When Tin Pan Alley composer B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva co-composed such 1920’s hits as California Here I Come, Sonny Boy and If You Knew Susie (and lesser-known works such as Why Don’t You Marry the Girl?) he may have understood...more

The Art Of Taxes: Major Changes To The Federal Transfer Tax System

Ars longs, vita brevis. Art is immortal, artists are mortal. Taxes impinge on every part of the art world and are a concern for both artists and collectors. Planning for and administering estates of artists and owners of art...more

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

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

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

Last Will of Michael Joseph Jackson

Last Will of Michael Joseph Jackson

The Last Will of Michael Joseph Jackson dated July 7, 2002....more

Audio Interview: Legal Issues Surrounding Michael Jackson Estate

In the document viewing window below, click the blue line under CREATE PROTECT BLAWGCAST (which takes you to a different document viewing window) to hear my interview with California probate attorney Jennifer Sawday on the...more

Saunders v. Jerry Garcia Estate, LLC

First Amended Complaint

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

Michael Jackson's Estate: What Happens Next?

The question that has been raised repeatedly today is what happens to Michael Jackson’s estate? I suspect Michael Jackson had a strategic estate, wealth, and asset protection plan that included layers of trusts and...more

In Re the Estate of James Brown and The James Brown 2000 Trust

Hollander v The Estate of James Brown

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died Christmas Day 2006 from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia. Problems with Brown’s estate came to the surface when it was clear that his wife at the...more

In Re the Estate of James Brown and The James Brown 2000 Trust

Unapproved Draft Settlement Agreement

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died Christmas Day 2006 from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia. Problems with Brown’s estate came to the surface when it was clear that his wife at the...more

In Re the Estate of James Brown and The James Brown 2000 Trust

James Brown 2000 Irrevocable Trust

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died Christmas Day 2006 from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia. Problems with Brown’s estate came to the surface when it was clear that his wife at the...more

In Re the Estate of James Brown and The James Brown 2000 Trust

Last Will of James Brown

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died Christmas Day 2006 from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia. Problems with Brown’s estate came to the surface when it was clear that his wife at the...more

Intersection of Estate Issues and Copyright Law: The Long and Winding Road

This article, written by Entertainment and Probate Attorney, Kenneth W. Pajak, provides entertainment lawyers and non-probate practitioners with a general overview of creation, ownership and rights in copyrightable works;...more

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