Monday, March 4, 2024

New York Introduces Revised Right of Publicity Bill

Jennifer Rothman on New York’s ongoing and confusing attempt to update its current right of privacy law,

Although filled with many good intentions, there were clearly many cooks in the kitchen, which has led to a complicated, confusing, and at times seemingly contradictory new version of the bill. It is certainly the most difficult statute or bill to parse that I have ever encountered on the right of publicity. The proposed statutory language raises so many questions about what it would do, that I can’t help but wonder what would happen if it passed in its current form. I suspect the litigation just to figure out what it means would take decades to work its way through the courts.


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