A Minnesota legislator has decided to set aside a measure that would have clarified the rights of artists to control the commercial use of their names, likenesses and images and that would have extended those protections to heirs after a person’s death.
Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, introduced the bill creating what is called a right of publicity after Minnesota native Prince died in April.
Representatives handling Prince’s estate said they were concerned about others profiting off Prince, including by selling unauthorized T-shirts with his image.
Others worried that the bill was moving too fast and that it could have unintended consequences.
Hoppe, whose district includes Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio in Chanhassen, said he decided to pull the bill and take more time to consider some of the concerns raised.
He hopes to return with a new bill next year.