Law: Who Owns Barney Clark's Legacy?

Who Owns Barney Clark'e Legacy?

Questions about release of a film on his heart surgery

"Please, please, work this time!" begged Dr. William DeVries. He had just snapped into place the polyurethane left ventricle of a new heart for his patient. The second attempt to install a ventricle worked, and Barney Clark made history by becoming the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. The operation that gave Clark a precarious hold on life (he was to die 112 days later of multiorgan system failure) was videotaped as part of a documentary on his struggle to survive. Now a complex legal...

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