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[10WashJLTech&Arts109] Hologram Images and the Entertainment Industry: New Legal Territory?

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dc.contributor.author Anson, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-01T17:50:26Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-01T17:50:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12
dc.identifier.citation 10 WASH. J.L. TECH.& ARTS 109 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2157-2534
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1406
dc.description Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Modern technology allows for the holographic reproduction of a dead artist’s likeness, with the ability to perform past classic works or new original artistic works. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance by the “holographic” Tupac Shakur in April 2012 dazzled an excited crowd, and made the idea of bringing back deceased musical celebrities or other public personalities a reality. The use of such holographic performances is in its infancy, but the potential for possible intellectual property infringement is real and concerns the areas of copyright, trademark, and–most importantly–the right of publicity, which protects a celebrity’s name, likeness, voice and mannerisms. This new technology also creates the possibility of re-creating a past celebrity for nefarious purposes, but it is unclear what legal protections are available to the decedent’s estate to challenge such potentially damaging uses. The right of publicity is a matter of state law, is granted in thirty-one states, and only twenty of those states extend this right postmortem. Therefore, understanding what legal protections are available requires a complex examination of all relevant jurisdictions’ intellectual property laws. Celebrities, public figures, and estate planners should be mindful of these new technologies, establish domicile in states with robust rights of publicity, and draft wills accordingly to ensure greatest posthumous protection. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Intellectual Property en_US
dc.title [10WashJLTech&Arts109] Hologram Images and the Entertainment Industry: New Legal Territory? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2014 Stephen Anson en_US


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