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Marilyn Monroe Images in Higher Demand After Court Rulings

New York Court recently ruled that no image license fees need to be paid to CMG Worldwide, Marilyn Monroe LLC’s agent. Since this ruling, more than 50 international licenses have signed on with Legends Licensing’s Marilyn Monroe division, Th

April 6, 2018

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New York Court recently ruled that no image license fees need to be paid to CMG Worldwide, Marilyn Monroe LLC’s agent.

Since this ruling, more than 50 international licenses have signed on with Legends Licensing’s Marilyn Monroe division, The Marilyn Monroe Licensing Group, which features one of the largest image collections of the actress. Images of the siren include the Tom Kelley Collection, The Red Velvet Collection, the Milton H. Greene Collection and the Harold Lloyd Collection.

“This ruling reconfirms that MMLLC and CMG’s strangehold on the Marilyn Monroe licensing business is broken,” says Surjit Soni of the Pasadena, Calif.-based Soni Law Firm and counsel for the Greene and Kelley parties. “Licensees who have, according to Forbes magazine, paid approximately $7 million in royalties to CMG in 2007—which represents over $50 million in wholesale revenues—are now free to license Marilyn Monroe photographs from copyright owners at a lower total cost and a higher profit potential.”

In addition, the ruling states that no money is to be paid to CMG for the rights of Marilyn Monroe’s name, likeness or signature.

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