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demo_featuredA federal judge in Manhattan has sided with the family of late photographer Sam Shaw in a dispute over the rights to images of Marilyn Monroe.

Southern District of New York Judge Colleen McMahon rejected a claim that the estate of Shaw had violated Monroe’s right of publicity by selling photos without the consent of Marilyn Monroe LLC, a company founded by the Hollywood icon’s heirs.

The judge, writing in Shaw Family Archives Ltd. v. CMG Worldwide, Inc., 05-CV-3939, said the laws of New York, California, and Indiana, which were at the heart of the dispute, did not grant a retroactive right of publicity to Ms. Monroe after her death…