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May/12

Too Soon To Post This Email I Really Received Last Night?


context: I get emails from PR firms.

Dear Marty,

Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco” famous for hits including “Last Dance”, “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl”, died early this morning after a long battle with cancer. Now that she has departed, questions will be raised regarding the intellectual property – the trademarks, copyrights, and the right of publicity – surrounding the songstress.

___________, an intellectual property attorney and partner with ________, is available to discuss the IP issues raised in light of Summer’s death. [He] represents the [name of a band that has pretty much nothing to do with Donna Summer] and he is a member of the Recording Academy. He can discuss the following:

Retention of rights to the intellectual property surrounding her name and likeness;

Trade marking of her name and why it’s so important;

The importance of having only one person control all of the IP related matters;

What happens with the rights to unreleased songs should any be discovered

Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with _________. I would be happy to schedule an interview. Thanks so much!

[PR person]

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