Heirs of Marilyn Monroe Lose Photo Rights
Posted May 4, 2007 7:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Marilyn Monroe’s popularity lives on, but laws passed after her death do not give heirs rights to her photos, a judge has ruled.
The dispute was over photos taken by the late Sam Shaw, the New York Law Journal reports. Monroe’s heirs claimed a right to profits from their sale under laws creating a postmortem right of publicity adopted in New York, California and Indiana after she died.
Judge Colleen McMahon of Manhattan federal court said a boilerplate clause in Monroe’s will devising property "to which [she] shall be in any way entitled," did not apply to property rights created under laws passed 22 years after her death.