What a way to debut a new "feature" or "label" on celebrity trademarks with an link to a 1993 law review article in the Berkely Technology Law Journal. I had intented to debut the label with a post on celebrities that have filed and registered their names as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but what they hey, a post with the phrase "dead celebrities" was too hard to pass up.
The law review article is "Casting Call at Forest Lawn: The Digital Resurrection of Deceased Entertainers - a 21st Century Challenge for Intellectual Property Law" (PDF, text) by Joseph J. Beard.
By the way, in 1993, I was a 1L in law school.
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