Who Owns Einstein’s Face?

Over at The Atlantic, Edward Tenner writes: “Decades after the genius’ death, the question of who controls his publicity rights continues. Even his prodigious imagination could not predict the media world of the early 21st century.”

This reflection comes on the heels of the news that Evelyn Einstein, granddaughter to Albert Einstein, has recently passed away. Her battle to receive a portion of the licensing fees for her grandfather’s image and name is documented at the philosophy of science portal.

While who owns the rights to license Einstein‘s image, face, and name might be up in the air, the provenance of his writings has been well-documented. His literary estate was gifted to Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Princeton University Press is proud to partner with them on the Einstein Papers Project which is now housed at Caltech.

This particularly fruitful and important venture has resulted in 12 volumes (and counting) of Einstein’s collected papers! To peruse the volumes, visit this site.