Update: Help Needed to Fight Right of Publicity Bill

As previously reported in my July 22, 2007, blog, a proposed bill will make drastic changes to California’s right of publicity statute. If it passes, photographers may lose rights to license photographs of certain deceased persons.

USA Today covered the story yesterday and Daryl Lang from PDN has prepared a comparison of the existing and proposed law.

Leading opponents of the bill, including the ASMP and APA, ran an ad in the Capital Weekly this week. It explains the concerns of the bill. In sum, the bill has no public benefit and only hands a windfall to one company.

The bill is on Governor Arnold Schwarznegger’s desk for his signature or veto by October 14. Let him know that you oppose SB771 by sending him an email.

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