Shortly after Prince’s death on April 21st, Rep. Joe Hoppe introduced a bill to Minnesota legislature. Called the Prince Act (it stands for Personal Rights in Names Can Endure), The bill would have protected the name and image of an artist, restricting commercial and other usage, for up to 50 years after the artist passes away. However, it was announced today (Thursday, May 19th) that the bill would be set aside or recast.
The Prince Act was highly criticized, and today’s development is the result of concerns that it was too rushed and failed to consider unintended consequences.
Reportedly, Hoppe is reworking the bill and plans to reintroduce it to the house floor next year.