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History has shown there is big money to be made after a popular artist dies, but making sure a legacy created over a number of years is not tarnished by quick decisions can prove difficult.


  • In some cases, heirs can be forced to make tough decisions to balance preserving an artist or performer's legacy and the necessary business of commercial exploitation.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the common ways in which deceased artists' copyrights are managed.
  • Lists the top-earning dead celebrities in 2016.

Key questions answered

  • What happens to an artist or performer's copyrights after they die?
  • Why have Prince's copyrights been less than straightforward to handle?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The public and private management of deceased artist affairs
  • The balance between sensitivity and exploitation
  • Release of works without consent


  • Author

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