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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Michael Jackson's Estate Poised for Suit

502536-michael-jackson-617-409Both Lifetime and Netflix have soon-to-be-released movies with Michael Jackson as their centerpiece. While it may be unthinkable to release a cinematic depiction of the beloved pop star absent his unique music balancing the soundtrack, the networks would be better off without. Neither program has been officially authorized by Jackson’s estate. Given this, there are attorneys waiting on the sidelines to see if either film uses any unauthorized materials. The estate representatives have not seen the movies as of yet, so no action is currently underway. This circumstance may change by Monday.

See Michael Jackson Estate: Hey, Lifetime & Netflix...Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes, TMZ, May 22, 2017.

May 23, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Administration, Estate Planning - Generally, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nick Carter's Father Dies

0518-bob-nick-carter-getty-tmz-9Nick Carter, notable for his membership as a Backstreet Boy, recently suffered the loss of his father, Bob Carter. It is believed that Bob Carter died from a heart attack. The family intends to adhere to the wishes of the deceased and will follow through with cremation. It is understood that Carter wanted his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico by the Florida Keys. Interestingly, the family intends to reunite father and daughter postmortem. Nick’s sister, Leslie, died in 2012 at the age of 25 from an overdose. Her husband kept the ashes and the family desires to spread the ashes of father and daughter together. It is believed the ceremony will occur later in the year.

See Nick Carter's Father's Ashes to Be Spread with Late Daughter, TMZ, May 19, 2017.

May 21, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Simple Song" - The Shins

DownloadThe opening scene of “Simple Song” by The Shins, features a drab, melancholy living room as the camera pans to an old, tube TV. As the TV is turned on, the father-decedent begins to deliver his last will and testament. His final disposition to his children requires them to race through the house to find the deed he has previously hidden. As the now-grown children race through the home, the ensuing scenes flashback to their childhood and eerily similar scenes of them as kids racing through the house, causing chaos, and inflicting injury to each other. The closing scene ends with the grown children finding a fake deed with their father’s voice overlaying the action. He reminds them of their terrible memories in the home and tells them that he had already planned to have the house demolished; this demolition begins while they are still in the house. The actual video can be seen here.

May 19, 2017 in Current Events, Death Event Planning, Music, Wills | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prince's Home is Back on the Market

Prince-07Though he has since passed from this world, Prince’s former home still bears the mark of his unique style and character. The home, valued now at $13,186,500, has seen a tremendous increase in price from $9.5 million just two years ago. The compound-like residence boasts over 14,500 square feet of space and housed the famous singer from 2001 to 2006. Visitors are reminded of Prince’s presence via a purple-carpeted basement, stamps on dining-room doors, and an iron-type desk where he wrote and read. The original seller took the house off the market after Prince’s death to avoid the appearance of attempting profiting off the singer’s demise. The house now sits poised for a buyer; for a Prince-worthy price.

See Prince Toronto Home Hits the Market for a Fortune, TMZ, April 26, 2017.


May 18, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Prince Estate Ordered to Pay $1 Million Bond to Block "Deliverance"

Prince 1 milA judge just ordered Prince’s estate to cough up $1 million if it wants to keep his unreleased “Deliverance” EP off the market. The judge extended the restraining order that blocks the release by producer George Ian Boxill, who insists he owns the rights to the music. Prince’s estate will need to post a $1 million bond before the upcoming trial to determine if Boxill has the rights to the music. If Boxill wins the trial, the bond will go to him, covering a portion of his losses.

See Prince Estate Ordered to Pony Up $1 Million to Keep ‘Deliverance’ Off Market, TMZ, May 3, 2017.

May 4, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 1, 2017

A New Prince Reality Show?

Reality showPrince’s estate is looking to get in the reality show business, citing this as its reason why it went to war over the release of new Prince music on the anniversary of his death. The reality show is reportedly in the works now, focusing on family members and their lives after Prince’s passing. The estate wants to debut the “Deliverance” album on the new reality show, so the music will hopefully be released sometime in the near future.

See Prince Estate: We’re Holding Back New Music for Our Reality Show!, TMZ, May 1, 2017.

May 1, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Prince's Deliverance Will Not Be Released Tomorrow as Estate Gets Restraining Order

DeliverancePrince’s estate has put the brakes on the planned anniversary release of a new album after a court ruled in its favor. A federal judge granted the estate’s request for a restraining order, meaning that “Deliverance” will not be released tomorrow on the anniversary of Prince’s death. The original producer, George Ian Boxill, who put together the extended play, does not have a right to publicly distribute the music, possibly due to a confidentiality agreement signed back in 2006. Boxill was further ordered to turn over all recordings to the estate. The order, however, did not address the millions of unlucky Prince fans who pre-ordered the album.

See Prince Estate Don’t Even Think About Releasing New Music . . . Producer Loses in Court, TMZ, April 19, 2017.

April 20, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Prince Music to Drop on Anniversary of His Death

Prince new songSix new Prince songs are about to drop on iTunes, but how long will they be there? The extended play is titled “Deliverance,” and you can already preview the title song. If you want to pre-order the tracks it will cost you $3.99, but other than the title track, the songs will not be available until April 21—the one year anniversary of Prince’s death. The songs were all recorded between 2006 and 2008, and a majority of the sales for the extended play will benefit Prince’s estate.

See Prince New Music Drops Ahead of Anniversary!, TMZ, April 18, 2017.

April 19, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Auction House Still Selling Tupac Memorabilia Despite Lawsuit

Tupac lawsuitDespite a lawsuit raised by the estate of Tupac Shakur’s late mother, a Brooklyn auction house is till moving forward with selling some of the rapper’s most prized possessions. Tupac’s handwritten lyrics and jewelry will be sold at Black Heritage Auction on the same day he posthumously gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More specifically, there are thirty-nine items up for sale, and the bidding starts at $480,000; however, the auction house expects to bring in seven figures. Further, the auction house did not reach out to the estate, as they felt the memorabilia was obtained lawfully. This lawsuit comes at the heels of another lawsuit fired off by the estate of Tupac’s mother against another auction house that was selling the rapper’s passport and driver’s license, claiming it was not the dealer’s to sell.

See Tupac Shakur Memorabilia Auction Still a Go Despite Lawsuit Threats, TMZ, April 3, 2017.

April 3, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, New Cases | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Estate of Tupac's Mom Is Suing over the Rapper's Possessions

Tupac passportTupac Shakur is about to be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making his personal items more valuable than ever. This attention has triggered several recent lawsuits. The estate of Tupac’s mom is suing an auction house and two individuals who have possession of the items in order to regain the rapper’s passport, driver’s license, clothing, jewelry, and handwritten scripts and lyrics. The lawsuits claims that the individuals who now own the items bought them from third parties who had no ownership rights and therefore no right to sell the possessions.

See Tupac Shakur Lawsuits over Passport, Handwritten Song Lyrics, TMZ, March 29, 2017.

March 30, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Music, New Cases | Permalink | Comments (0)