Tupac or Not Tupac: That is the Question

April 26, 2012 Hull & Hull LLP General Interest, Litigation Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Does One Live Performer and One Dead Performer a Tupac Make?

A holographic Tupac Shakur appeared recently to “perform” with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella, a music festival in Los Angeles.


As readers may know, Tupac was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. (I do not intend to weigh in on the East Coast – West Coast rivalry that apparently led to his death.)


Tupac’s virtual appearance has led to a number of discussions about the nature of “live” performances, and the appropriateness of bringing the dead back to stage.


The Forbes website posted an article that looked at the performance and the possibility of other deceased performers reappearing on stage.


The Forbes article notes that only the holder of the “right of publicity” can authorize the use of the deceased’s image. In Tupac’s case, the estate executor is Tupac’s mother. The article reports that she did not authorize the use of Tupac’s image, but was “thrilled with the outcome”. Apparently, Dr. Dre repaid the estate by making a contribution to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.


The article goes on to comment on the role of an estate trustee, and the importance of choosing the right person: someone who will ensure that your reputation and the well-being of your heirs is properly respected. “Putting the right person in charge can make all the difference between tainting your legacy, and having your wishes and goals followed the way you want.”


Thank you for reading.


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