Hologram Musicians: The Legal Implications

June 2012



Yvette Joy Liebesman, an assistant professor at St Louis University Law School, explains the legal implications of using a dead musicians’ image in the wake of the  ‘Tupac’ appearance at the Coachella Festival looking at image rights, trade mark issues and copyright.

And Pepsi has done a deal with the Jackson Estate which will see the Michael Jackson’s image used in a new global ad campaign to coincide with a re-release of ‘Bad‘. Pepsi cans will also featured pictures of the singer and options to download some exclusive remixes as part of its ‘Live for Now” campaign .

The Fix reports that control of the name and likeness of Kurt Cobain now sits with his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, and not his widow and her estranged mother Courtney Love. According to the website, in 2010 Love took a $2.75 million loan from her daughter’s trust fund, and as part of that transaction the trust gained control of Cobain’s image rights until the loan is repaid. Love also stood down as a director of the company which controlled those rights. Since Frances Bean turned eighteen in 2010 she has had direct control of much of her trust fund, and, seemingly, that also means control over her late father’s image. Cobain’ song writing copyrights are controlled by publisher Primary Wave.

Other musicians in the hologram gossip frame include Michael Jackson with the remaining members of the Jackson 5, Freddie Mercury – not with Queen, but in the Stage Show ‘We Will Rock You’’, Jim Morrison with the Doors, George Harrison and John Lennon with Paul and Ringo to reform the Beatles – and Kurt Cobain with Nirvana.




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