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Shaw Family Archives v. Marilyn Monroe LLC

Shaw Family Archives, Ltd. v. Marilyn Monroe, LLC, 486 F.Supp. 2d 309 (S.D.N.Y. 2007).

Marilyn Monroe LLC (“MMLLC”) and CMG Worldwide, Inc. (cumulatively with MMLLC, the “Plaintiffs”) brought a claim alleging that the Shaw Family Archives and Bradford Licensing Associates (cumulatively, the “Defendants”) had violated Marilyn Monroe’s right of publicity by selling and licensing merchandising rights to the deceased actress’ image, name and likeness. This right, the Plaintiffs asserted, had lawfully passed through Monroe’s will . . . .

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