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I am producing a play about two public figures. The persons

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I am producing a play about two public figures. The persons have passed away (Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Is it necessary to get approval from the estates of both persons inasmuch as the stage play will be performed live? What is the best way to go about this?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 2 months ago.
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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thanks.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No, I'd rather just keep it online.
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 2 months ago.
There is a thing known as right of publicity which prevents a person from using famous figures in their work without their permission. However, this right ends when a person is deceased when it comes to writing or filming about their lives. Merchandising rights can sometimes survive death but that doesn't apply here.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I don't need any approval at all?
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 2 months ago.
That is correct.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Awesome! Thanks!
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 2 months ago.
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