To Prevent Prince Exploitation, Minn. Lawmaker Proposes ‘PRINCE Act’

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Minnesota lawmakers are trying to protect Prince from being exploited in their state. On Monday the state’s Legislature introduced the Personal Rights in Names Can Endure Act, or the PRINCE Act, which would limit the commercial outside use of his name and likeness.

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The bill, which was inspired by Prince’s death and introduced by Republican state Rep. Joe Hoppe, would also extend such protections to noncelebrities. According to the Minnesota House of Representatives’ official site, the law would protect a deceased person’s signature, voice and image for 50 years after his or her death.

Prince died April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57. 

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