Court Limits Marilyn Monroe Estate's Licensing Ability

Law360, New York (March 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has denied a claim by the estate of Marilyn Monroe that she was a California resident at the time of her 1962 death, which could hinder the estate's ability to license her image.

At issue is the right of publicity, which gives individuals the ability to charge for commercial use of their name or likeness. In New York, where previous court rulings have found Monroe lived when she died, the right expires with an individual's death. In California, people have a posthumous publicity right...
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