9th Circ. Nixes Hendrix Ruling On Wash. Publicity Statute

Law360, New York (January 29, 2014, 6:12 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a trial judge's ruling declaring unconstitutional a Washington state law protecting posthumous publicity rights regardless of place of death, though it warned the broad statute “raises difficult questions.”

The appeals court reversed a Feburary 2011 ruling that the Washington Personality Rights Act — which aims to protect the posthumous publicity rights of everyone, even those that died in another state where publicity rights are not descendible — breached the U.S. Constitution's due process, full faith and credit, and dormant commerce...
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