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Forever Young: How CGI Could Raise a Celebrity’s Estate Tax

February 28, 2017

CGI technology is being used primarily by film studios for specific projects, and the studio—not the celebrity—owns the image rights, said Kathleen Haase, producer for the Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. ICT’s research has been used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as “Avatar” and “Superman Returns.” “We’re not seeing any preemptive scanning” by celebrities outside the film studio, but it’s something that’s likely imminent, Haase said.

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