Monday, April 10, 2006

When she died, was Marilyn Monroe a Californian or a New Yorker?

The answer to that question could be worth millions, as explained in "A battle erupts over the right to market Marilyn."
The reason: unlike copyrights, which are protected by federal law, publicity rights are a creature of state laws, resulting in a legal patchwork. Some states, including New York, refuse to acknowledge or protect the publicity rights of dead celebrities, so they cannot be bequeathed in a will. California does grant postmortem publicity rights, making it possible for heirs to pursue profits for decade
And where was Marilyn Monroe's will probated? New York!

1 comment:

Jim Gust said...

Surprising that it took this long for the battle to erupt, given the money involved.