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 decadeAnd where was Marilyn Monroe's will probated? New York!
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."
Posted by JLM at 3:53 PM