Robin William's Image Cannot Be Used for Next 25 Years
A document has been uncovered saying that the deceased actor Robin Williams had the intention of restricting the use of his image for the 25 years following his death, i.e. until 2039. The Robin Williams Trust has a document detailing how Williams did not want his image to be used in any kind of publicity until the above mentioned year. The Windfall Foundation, founded in his name, has received the rights from Williams to his name, signature, photos and likeness.
The actor, with this document, wanted to avoid being inserted into ads or films, which happened for instance with Audrey Hepburn in the Galaxy ad. It seems that Williams and his lawyers were well aware of new technologies and how they can be used to insert deceased people into media, which is clearly shown in the detailed document.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the agreement, which is uniquely structured, might be rooted in the problems relating to the estate of the deceased singer Michael Jackson. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as much as USD 500 million is owed to the government from his publicity rights. The case was revealed six months before Williams died, i.e. last February.
In a related news, Williams's family reached an agreement in the legal battle involving the rights on his possessions. According to the compromise, his children will inherit his tangible personal property like clothes, awards, etc. His widow, Susan Schneider, has argued that she is entitled to inherit the watches; a meeting has been set up for next week in order for all parties to reach an agreement.