Robin Williams’ Name and Likeness Restricted For 25 Years
The Robin Williams Trust gives all rights over the late star’s name, signature, photograph and likeness to the Windfall Foundation, a charity for the arts and education.
Under the terms of the trust, the “right of publicity” to Williams is restricted for 25 years following his death. Thus, there can be no publishing using the late actor nor can he be digitally inserted for commercial use until 2039.
Williams decided to protect his publicity rights to ensure his name and face could not be exploited after his death, limiting the potential for the IRS to pursue taxes and penalties against his family and estate — something many families of late celebrities have the misfortune of dealing with.
Meanwhile, his widow Susan Schneider Williams is fighting his three children over his reported $50 million estate. A court hearing has been postponed until June as both sides try to negotiate.
Williams committed suicide on Aug. 11, 2014 at the age of 63.