Legislation inspired by Prince’s death is scrapped, because government sucks

Representatives feared The PRINCE Act could have "unintended consequences"


As family members and various other individuals feud over control of Prince’s estate, Minnesota’s Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced new legislation that would limit commercial use of his name and likeness by others.

The PRINCE Act (the Personal Rights in Names Can Endure Act) proposed a “right to publicity” that would prevent others from illegally profiting off of a musician after his death (e.g., the unauthorized T-shirts with his images).

Representative Joe Hoppe introduced the bill at the request of Prince’s family. Now, though, he’s pulled legislation after others “worried the bill was moving too fast and could have unintended consequences,” according to Billboard.

As Radio.com points out, “some feared the law shifted burden onto creators (merchandisers, writers, artists, vendors) to prove their First Amendment rights in court before engaging in those commercial activities. Currently, the burden falls on the state to bring charges or executors to seek civil damages in intellectual property disputes.”

Hoppe hopes to introduce a new bill next year.

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