Most intellectual property lawsuits that hit the headlines seem to involve technological giants like Apple or Samsung. One recent copyright infringement case stemmed from the use of iconic images of the late, great Marilyn Monroe. CMG Worldwide, the intellectual property rights firm which represented Marilyn Monroe LLC, claimed that it owned the rights to the images in question. According to them, two photography studios who had used those images-one in California and one in Oregon-had violated their copyright over the pictures.
CMG originally filed suit in an Indianapolis U.S. District Court, but the case was later moved to federal court in California and consolidated with a similar case. A federal judge initially ruled that since Marilyn Monroe didn’t live in California at the time of her death, CMG and their client did not own rights over publicity in the state. CMG and their client appealed the case, but the appeals court recently upheld the lower court’s decision.