To use a deceased personality's name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness in any manner for commercial purposes, you first must register your claim as a successor-in-interest to use those intellectual property rights with the Secretary of State as required by Civil Code section 3344.1.
Each successor-in-interest claim filed with our office is required to contain the personality's name, date of death, the name and address of the claimant and the interest claimed.
Fees and instructions for requesting information relating to a successor-in-interest record are included on the Special Filings Records Order Form (pdf ~100KB).
To use the search, enter the personality/celebrity name and/or the legal name. The search can be for a full or partial name in either upper or lower case letters. You also may enter a single letter and the search will match every record that contains that letter. Example: Search for the letter "A" in the name and almost all records will be returned. "All" also may be entered and a listing of all records will be returned. The request must be made in English and the results will be returned in English.
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