Bad news for celebrity hologram enthusiasts.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the estate of Marilyn Monroe is threatening legal action over a potential performance by a hologram of the deceased icon. (The hologram phenomenon made headlines back in April after one of the late rapper Tupac Shakur performed at Coachella.)
Digicon Media -- the company that holds a copyright on "Virtual Marilyn" -- has been planning the event, however, the group recently received a cease-and-desist letter, which claimed that "Virtual Marilyn" infringed upon her estate's intellectual property. (The digital media company's legal team states that the statute of limitations has passed, since the hologram had been in development for 15 years.)
In a letter obtained by THR, Paul Bost, the attorney for Monroe's estate, says Digicon "exploited digital Marilyn for a brief time in the 1990s after which it has altogether disappeared from the cultural or commercial landscape."
The letter to Digicon goes on to say that the Monroe Estate "again demands that you agree to cease all current, if any, and future use and licensing of Virtual Marilyn...and warns that it will seriously consider all courses of action, including filing a federal lawsuit, if you do, in fact, use or license Virtual Marilyn."
You can read more about the potential legal action over on the Hollywood Reporter.