Einstein Grandkid Seeks Bobblehead Profits
University sucking up millions in tchotchkes, not sharing
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2011 3:39 AM CST
Albert Einstein goofs it up for a photographer.   (AP Photo/RR Auction, LLC.)

(Newser) – There's nothing relative about it: Albert Einstein's granddaughter is sick and tired of being cut out of the profits from postcards, Halloween masks, and crazy-haired bobblehead dolls of the famous genius. Einstein left the literary rights to more than 75,000 papers and other items to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem when he died in 1955, reports CNN. The school has parlayed the Einstein connection into millions of dollars of income from kitschy products created and marketed by Los Angels-based Greenlight, LLC—and the university isn't sharing the wealth.

"I'm outraged," said cancer surviver Evelyn Einstein, 69, who is seeking a share of the profits from the university, which she believes has way overstepped its rights. "What does a bobblehead have to do with a literary estate? It's hard to believe they would treat the family the way they have, which has been abysmally." University authorities say Einstein left rights to use his image along with his papers, and that the income from product sales goes, laudably, to "scientific research."

 

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