Tag Archives: right of publicity

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Authored by:  Fernando A. Bohorquez and Alan M. Pate Available here, courtesy of our sister site the Data Privacy Monitor. Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 11, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission.… Continue Reading

Time is Relative: California Court Determines that Einstein’s Right of Publicity Expired in 2005

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once,” Albert Einstein once quipped.  But Einstein was not commenting on law, where the passage of time has a different significance—and now has resulted in a California federal judge ruling that Einstein’s right of publicity, which was claimed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (“HUJ”), has expired.  … Continue Reading

The Material Girl May Have to Pay Up for Use of Brando’s Name and Likeness

Marlon Brando appears to be getting expensive.  Licensing agency and intellectual property rights clearinghouse, CMG Worldwide Inc., has accused Brando’s estate of reneging on a deal allowing use of the deceased actor’s name and likeness during Madonna’s 2012 World Tour.  CMG manages the intellectual property rights of many deceased celebrities, with one exception being Brando.  … Continue Reading

She Belongs to the Public: Court Rules that Marilyn Monroe Estate has no Rights of Publicity

    Even 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe continues to remain relevant.  In a strongly worded Opinion (available here)  last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Estate of Marilyn Monroe does not have the right to stop others from using Marilyn Monroe’s name and likeness.  At issue in the … Continue Reading

What did Einstein Intend?

Fifty Seven years after he died, Albert Einstein’s name and likeness continues to generate about $10 million annually according to Forbes.  Hebrew University has controlled Einstein’s name and likeness for decades, but those rights now are being called into question by a California court. In 2009, GM ran a four-page advertisement in people magazine under … Continue Reading
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