Licensing Co.’s Suit Eyes Marilyn Monroe Publicity Rights

Law360, New York (March 23, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT) -- A company that specializes in managing the intellectual property of dead celebrities sued the estate of Marilyn Monroe on Wednesday, seeking a judgment that the late star's successors do not control her publicity rights.

CMG Worldwide Inc. says a long-running court battle in California resulted in a 2008 ruling that barred the actress' estate from asserting her post-mortem publicity rights. Nevertheless, CMG claims, the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC threatened to sue the company earlier this month for licensing copyrighted photos of the legendary blonde....
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