MAE WEST never met Bill Gates — — but, oddly enough, he controls the rights to certain aspects of her image.
• • And now one division of Bill Gates' image-licensing company, Seattle's Corbis Corp., is renaming itself in order to make its role clearer. Corbis' Rights Services division, which owns and licenses the rights to images of deceased celebrities — — including Mae West and Steve McQueen — — will change its name to GreenLight.
• • Working with talent agencies, GreenLight will also take on the business of linking living celebrities with brands seeking famous folks to give utterly meaningless items a bit of stardust.
• • Wonder what Mae West would think about Bill Gates managing her income via the afterworld? When he dies and encounters Mae by the Pearly Gates, Bill could be in for a heckuva surprise.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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