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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The New Grave Robbers: Trading In Dead People's Images

I cannot make this sort of thing up: The New Grave Robbers.

The New Grave Robbers
By RAY D. MADOFF
Published: March 27, 2011
Congress should enact a law that allows people to opt out of marketing their identities after death.

3 comments:

  1. This probably ties in with the whole copyright maximalism vs. open society thing.

    * When do a personal history, reputation and image become public domain, rather than a source of rent for no-talent descendants?
    * At what point (if ever) does an estate's right to control a valuable/famous image lapse?
    * Will likeness trolls attempt to make money by vexatiously litigating to restrict access to public domain personae?

    And that's even before you add in sci-fi stuff like data simulations, clones and the like...

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  2. Yep. This was one of those things that made us go 'Whaaaat?!?' You're raising a lot of the same issues we're trying to sort out for Riskail. Clones definitely muddy the waters as they have clearer, more direct connections to the likeness/image aspect of the estate than do the immediate hiers/family...

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  3. This sort of things saddens me, as I think we're headed in the wrong direction with the copyright debate. But it is good grist for the science fiction mill.

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