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Celebrities v. Licensees in Court

Celebrity licensing deals are like marriages: Some succeed but many end in divorce, recrimination and litigation. Here’s a Scorecard summarizing some high profile cases from recent years…

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Digital Celebs

Digital Celebrities: YouTube Stars, Bloggers Enter the Licensing Arena

While mass media did, in fact, turn ordinary people into worldwide celebrities as Andy Warhol famously predicted, social media has made it possible for them to sustain celebrity status a lot longer than 15 minutes. Today’s digital celebrities use social media platforms to develop loyal followings in cyberspace. And, inevitably, many of those celebrities are now turning to licensing to cash in on their cyber-fame. Here’s an overview…

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LEGAL PITFALLS

Star Wars: Steer Clear of Celebrity Licensing Pitfalls by Adding 7 Protections to Your Contract

Licensing a celebrity’s brand is a great strategy for selling consumer products. But it’s also risky. Celebrities are temperamental, especially where their brand is concerned. And if a dispute ensues, that same fame that attracted you to the celebrity in the first place could work against you. Although each case is different, break-ups tend to follow common patterns…

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Cannabis

Marley’s Organic Growth

Marley Natural, the company that licenses the late reggae singer Bob Marley’s name, is adding the most organic of products to its offerings: Marley Natural Fine Cannabis grown from “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains” as well as creams, topicals, balms, and accessories…

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Celebrity

Ripped From Headlines

Tightrope artist Nik Wallenda has licensed mobile gaming companies Tapinator and Hyperpower Game Group to release of “SkyBalance by Nik Wallenda,” a licensed mobile game for iOS, Android and Amazon. The game commemorates a live Discovery Channel event in which Wallenda traversed skyscrapers in Chicago…

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