'Prince Law' Raises Free-Speech Red Flags, Critics Say

Law360, New York (May 11, 2016, 9:02 PM EDT) -- Minnesota is rushing to pass legislation in the wake of Prince's death that would allow heirs to control a celebrity's publicity rights long after their death, but critics say the bill poses First Amendment concerns that cannot be ignored.

Seventeen states have laws that grant so-called post-mortem rights of publicity, allowing an estate or heirs to stop commercial exploitation of a celebrity's name or likeness. But Minnesota, where Prince was legally living when he suddenly died on April 21, isn't one of them.

The Personal Rights In Names Can Endure Act, or PRINCE Act, would change that. Introduced Monday in the...

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