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Monroe (9th Cir)

Monroe (9th Cir)

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FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
 
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Plaintiff-Appellee,
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M
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LLC, aNo. 08-56471Delaware Limited LiabilityCompany; A
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 Defendant-Appellant,
D.C. No.
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Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Central District of CaliforniaMargaret M. Morrow, District Judge, PresidingArgued and SubmittedOctober 13, 2011—Pasadena, CaliforniaFiled August 30, 2012Before: Alfred T. Goodwin and Kim McLane Wardlaw,Circuit Judges, and William K. Sessions III,District Judge.*Opinion by Judge Wardlaw
*The Honorable William K. Sessions III, District Judge, United StatesDistrict Court for Vermont, sitting by designation.
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REENE
A
RCHIVES
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ARILYN
M
ONROE
 
COUNSEL
Douglas E. Mirell, Laura A. Wytsma and Benjamin R. King,Loeb & Loeb LLP, Los Angeles, California for appellants andcross-appellees Anna Strasberg and Marilyn Monroe LLC.Theodore J. Minch, Sovich Minch LLP, McCordsville, Indi-ana, and William Weinberger, Parker, Milliken, Clark,O’Hara & Samuelian, Los Angeles, California for appellantand cross-appellee, CMG Worldwide, Inc.Surjit P. Soni, Leo E. Lundberg, Jr. and M. Danton Richard-son, The Soni Law Firm, Pasadena, California for appelleesand cross-appellants The Milton Green Archives, Inc. andTom Kelley Studios, Inc.
OPINION
WARDLAW, Circuit Judge:An enduring American celebrity, Marilyn Monroe contin-ues to inspire both admiration and litigation a half-centuryafter her death.
1
At issue is whether appellants inherited a
1
Just within the past year, Monroe was the subject of both a majormotion picture,
 My Week with Marilyn
, and a network television series,
Smash
. Numerous books tell and retell her life story and hypothesize abouther death. Several new books were released to coincide with the fiftiethanniversary of her death, and a Westlaw search yields 153 articles aboutMonroe that were published on the day of the anniversary of her death.Hip hop artist Nicki Minaj sings about her.
See
Nicki Minaj,
 Marilyn Monroe
,
on
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Universal Republic Records2012). Plans have been announced for Monroe-themed cafes and nailsalons.
See
Maureen Dowd,
The Love Goddess Who Keeps Right onSeducing
, N.Y. Times, Aug. 5, 2012. And in the wake of deceased rapperTupac’s recent performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festi-val, there are even plans to resurrect Monroe as a holographic “performer,spokesperson, cultural pundit and computer avatar.” Eriq Gardner,
 Holo-grams: A New Dangerous Frontier
, The Hollywood Reporter, June 8,2012.
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ARILYN
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ONROE

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