Posthumous celebrity rights
Brad Cohen is a Partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP . His practice emphasizes business planning related to complex corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financing and business succession planning, income tax planning, and estate tax planning, all on an integrated basis.
"Does a studio have the right to use a celebrity’s image after his or her death? If so, is there any way to plan ahead to avoid the misappropriation of a celebrity client’s likeness after death? If a posthumous performance can generate income for the performer’s estate or its beneficiaries, what are the income and estate tax implications? How can the income and estate tax impact be minimized? These questions all touch on the treatment of the right of publicity after death." Brad's presentation will be on posthumous celebrity rights, and why philanthropy is an important component .to estate planning.