PRINCE Act Shelved by Minnesota Legislator

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Last week we reported on the right of publicity bill being considered by the Minnesota legislature in light of the passing of musical icon, Prince.  As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune on May 18, 2016, State Representative Joe Hoppe has decided to pull the proposed PRINCE Act legislation from consideration.  In recent days, numerous commentators have criticized the breadth of the bill and have expressed concerns about the haste with which lawmakers were trying to pass the measure.  According to the Star Tribune article, Rep. Hoppe, whose district includes Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio, pulled the bill in order to take more time to consider some of the concerns raised.  He is apparently planning to re-introduce a new bill sometime next year.

We will provide further updates here at during the next Minnesota legislative session if and when the bill is reintroduced.

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