Friday, February 26, 2021

Who owns the rights to the likeness of a television character?

Concerning the proposed statue of Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) in Mt. Airy, NC:

Work on the statue was halted after Paramount/CBS, which owns the rights to the TV show, withdrew its approval, saying it didn't have the authority to grant permission for a likeness of Knotts. Knotts' widow, Francey, and Griffith, supported a statue, but said if the monument were in Knotts' hometown of Morgantown, W.Va., it should be of Knotts, not of Fife.


Cross-reference: Tom Hellebrand


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