Wash. Publicity Rights Law Nixed In Hendrix Case

Law360, New York (February 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EST) -- In a case involving Jimi Hendrix merchandise, a federal judge has declared that a Washington state law aimed at protecting the posthumous publicity rights of everyone, even those with no connection to the state, violates the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Thomas S. Zilly of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled Tuesday that a set of 2008 amendments to the Washington Personality Rights Act is unconstitutional under the due process, full faith and credit, and commerce clauses.

Virtually every other court that has...
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