Tuesday, June 19, 2007

John Lennon Strawberry Fields Candy

Al Pacino and Yoko Ono recently testified on behalf of the estates of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, tennis player Arthur Ashe, baseball greats Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and Mantle.

The issue in New York legislature is over unauthorized use of a celebrity's image, name, voice recordings, perhaps even their uniform number and signature. The protection could last for up to 70 years after the celebrity's death.

The measure will have to walk a line between protecting the rights of estates and charities to cash in on dead celebrities and the free-speech protections of the First Amendment. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat and lawyer said,"You want to stop the bobble head dolls. You don't want to stop the plays." Our Note: We do not want the visual art impeded(originals permitted, not prints or reproductions) Full Story

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