11 October 2007

Who Owns Photographs of 'Dead Celebrities?

Milton Greene's shot of Monroe in a ballerina outfit
is one of 4,900 of images he took of the actress.
Photograph by Milton H. Greene, © Joshua Greene, 2007

On the drive home this evening I listed to this very interesting story on npr about property rights in California. The dispute revolves around photographs of Marilyn and who 'owns' her image. The trial and appeals courts have sided with the son of the photographer, but the State Legislature and Governor Arnold have just enacted a law that sides with the trustees of her estate. Stay tuned.



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