Tupac Shakur is one of the most influential and iconic hip-hop artists of all time. His music and lyrics have inspired generations of fans, and his legacy continues to live on. But who owns the rights to Tupac’s music and other works?
The answer is a bit complicated. Tupac’s estate is controlled by a trust, which was set up by his mother, Afeni Shakur, shortly after his death in 1996. The trust was established to ensure that Tupac’s legacy would be protected and that his works would be preserved for future generations.
The trust is managed by a board of trustees, which includes Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s brother Mopreme Shakur, and a few other individuals. The trustees are responsible for overseeing the trust and making sure that Tupac’s legacy is properly maintained.
The trust also owns the rights to Tupac’s music, which is managed by Amaru Entertainment. Amaru Entertainment is a company that was founded by Afeni Shakur in 1998 to manage Tupac’s music and other works. The company is responsible for licensing Tupac’s music for use in films, television shows, and other media.
Amaru Entertainment also manages Tupac’s other works, such as his poetry, artwork, and other writings. The company also works to ensure that Tupac’s legacy is properly maintained and that his works are properly preserved.
In addition to managing Tupac’s music and other works, the trust also owns the rights to Tupac’s name and likeness. This means that the trust is responsible for approving any use of Tupac’s name or likeness in films, television shows, and other media.
The trust also owns the rights to Tupac’s estate, which includes his home, cars, and other personal belongings. The trust is responsible for managing these assets and ensuring that they are properly maintained.
The trust is set to expire on January 16, 2023. At that time, the trustees will decide what to do with the trust and its assets. It is possible that the trust will be dissolved and the assets will be distributed to Tupac’s heirs.
Tupac’s legacy will continue to live on long after his death. His music and other works will continue to inspire generations of fans, and his name and likeness will continue to be used in films, television shows, and other media. The trust ensures that Tupac’s legacy is properly maintained and that his works are properly preserved.