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Karloff Photo Dispute Settled; No Test Case Forthcoming

5 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The post-mortem celebrity rights case over pictures of late horror film star Boris Karloff will not become a test case after all. The lawsuit brought by the actor's daughter, Sarah, has been settled. She had sued Universal Studios for more than $10 million in February, claiming the studio wrongly licensed images of her father to third parties for advertisements and merchandise. Before his death in 1969, Karloff starred in 170 films, including Frankenstein (1931) and Mummy, The (1932). Last month, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge made a ruling in favour of Karloff that, if appealed, would likely have set a precedent in litigation where families fight to control the images of their famous and deceased loved ones. On December 15th, eight days after the key decision, the two sides reached a confidential settlement. The judge ordered the reporter's transcripts of the settlement talks sealed, according to the court file. Calls left for Karloff's and Universal's lawyers were not returned. »

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