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MA Senate Passes Post-Mortem Right of Publicity Bill

By Barry Werbin

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill (S. 2022) that approves a post-mortem right of publicity for Massachusetts residents. The bill would apply to a person's name, likeness and character if it has commercial value, and extend protection for 70 years after the celebrity's death. Such rights would pass to the person's heirs or an entity that was representing the individual. The bill was supported by actor Bill Cosby, who is a resident of Massachusetts. It still must be approved by the Massachusetts House.

The text of the bill is available here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/Senate/S2022.

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