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Friday, April 19, 2024

When an Artist Dies, Who Owns Her Story?

Ana Mendieta was a renowned Cuban-born performance artist known for her “Silueta Series” and other provocative works exploring the relationship between nature and the human body. Her life was cut tragically short when she fell from the 34th-floor apartment in 1985. The circumstances surrounding her death have remained a contentious topic, with many believing her husband Andre was responsible. In recent years, Ana Mendieta’s story has been revisited by writers and filmmakers, much to the chagrin of Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, the administrator of Ana Mendieta’s estate and her
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Godknows Theko (University of Botswana – Department of Law) recently published, The Nexus between Marriage & Succession Laws: Dissecting Estate Allocation and Governance in Botswana, 2024. Provided below is an Abstract: Navigating the intricate web of estate administration and distribution…
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Craig Woody (Texas Tech University School of Law) recently published, When Helping Hurts: Issues With Texas’ New Statutory Fill-In-The-Blank Wills, 2024. Provided below is an Abstract: Societies that promote testamentary freedom have always sought to address the challenge of providing…
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Online scammers have been exploiting grieving individuals with a pirate scam that uses AI to create fake obituary websites. These scammers target people searching for information about deceased loved ones. They monitor Google search trends to identify recent deaths, then…
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Malcolm LaVergne, O.J. Simpson’s longtime lawyer and executor of his estate, declared his intention to contest the payout of a $33.5 million judgment awarded to the families of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. LaVergne stated…
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O.J. Simpson will be cremated according to his wishes, with no plans to donate his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s long-term attorney and executor, confirmed that the family has declined multiple requests for brain donation…
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Arizona approved a new eco-friendly option for disposing of human remains through human composting or natural organic reduction, recently signed into law by Gov. Katie Hobbs. This process, offered by companies like Earth Funeral, transforms remains into fertile soil suitable…
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Two Irish nationals, Kane Mitchell and Luke Comiskey, died of drug overdoses in Florida in April 2022. Their remains were mistakenly mislabeled by Florida officials, resulting in the incorrect cremation of one of them and burial of the other in…
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Ron Gittins, an eccentric artist who lived in Birkenhead, England, for three decades, secretly transformed his rental apartment into a work of art. His family discovered his extensive decorations and murals depicting historical scenes after his death in 2019. Despite…
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LaVerne Biser, a retired engineer and avid eclipse enthusiast at 105 years old, has witnessed 12 total solar eclipses in his lifetime and is about to experience his 13th. Biser’s fascination with astronomy was sparked early by the sight of…
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