'Prince Act' Introduced Into Minnesota State Legislature Following Legend's Death

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Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Minnesota state legislature has only two weeks left in its current session, but it’s working hard to weigh in on a new bill inspired by the death of Prince

If signed into law, the Personal Rights in Names Can Endure Act (or, conveniently, the PRINCE Act), would give extended publicity control to the musician’s estate, limiting outside use of his name and likeness in commercial pursuits. The bill was introduced today (May 9) in the state’s Senate and House of Representatives.  

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The proposition would protect multiple aspects of the deceased person, including their name, image, voice, and signature, according to the Minnesota House of Representatives’ official site. This would last for 50 years after death, and would retroactively include those who died prior to its signing. According to Minnesota Public Radio's official site, 17 other states currently have such a law on the books. 

Supporters of the bill admitted it was directly inspired by Prince’s death, although it would apply to all Minnesotans -- not just celebrities. 

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Given the multitude of tributes and memorial ventures following Prince’s death on April 21, the new law should cause immediate impact, if approved. 

But that’s only if progress can be made over the next two weeks. The House Civil Law Committee will give the PRINCE Act its first hearing tomorrow afternoon; on Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee will investigate.


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