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Deceased’s Image Can Be Part of Estate’s Rights

| Jul 28, 2017 | Uncategorized |

Kendall and Kylie Jenner learn the hard way about using an image without permission.

Sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who seem to pop up in the news frequently for one reason or another, recently learned that there are bad ways for them to use their skill to attract media attention, because it can get them sued by an estate, according to TMZ in “Notorious B.I.G. Estate Warns Kendall & Kylie Jenner Lawsuit’s Coming, Unless.”

The sisters created T-shirts with the images of deceased rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Problem?

They superimposed their own images and logo over the rappers’ images and offered the shirts for sale on their website.

It is not clear why they thought they could do this, since they did not seek permission from the artists’ estates to use the images.

Notorious B.I.G.’s mother was deeply offended. His estate’s attorney sent the sisters a cease and desist letter with a deadline to stop selling the shirts or face a lawsuit. The Jenners quickly complied and took the shirts out of their store.

The lesson for the sisters here and for anyone else, is that just because a person has passed away, you cannot use his or her likeness in your own commercial enterprises without permission. This is because the estate of the deceased holds the rights to that likeness.

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