A Minnesota politician has proposed a new bill to U.S. lawmakers in an effort to stop others from exploiting Prince.
The Purple Rain star, who was found dead at his Paisley Park home on 21 April (16), passed away in one of the few American states which does not have an explicit law punishing commercial exploitation of an individual's likeness without consent.
Inspired by the musician's death, Representative Joe Hoppe is hoping to change that with the Personal Rights in Names Can Endure Act, or Prince Act. If signed into law, it would give extended publicity control to Prince's estate, limiting use of his voice, name, signature and photographs for at least 50 years.
The bill, which would apply retroactively and thus cover Prince's case, was introduced to the state's Senate and House of Representatives by Hoppe on Monday (09May16). According to Minnesota Public Radio, the bill already has bipartisan support, as well as the backing of executives at the banking trust, who have been appointed special administrators of the Prince's estate.
Lawmakers are acting quickly on the bill as the Minnesota state legislature only has two weeks left in its current session. A first hearing will be held on Wednesday (11May16).