Right of Publicity Statutes & Interactive Map
The Right of Publicity is a state-based property right in the United States, so each state determines the parameters of recognition. A statute is not a prerequisite for the Right of Publicity to be enforceable in a given jurisdiction. Many states arrive at the same outcome via common law. Currently, 25 states have some form of right of publicity statute, with Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, New York and South Dakota among the most recent to pass a Right of Publicity legislation. California passed a critical amendment to its Right of Publicity statute in the wake of the Marilyn Monroe cases, the author of this website led the amendment to Indiana’s Right of Publicity statute, and New York only recently broke out of its stalemate concerning publicity rights.
Alabama – Download the PDF
Arizona (military RoP 2007)
California (2008 amendment to 3344.1)
New York (2020 post-mortem Right of Publicity)
Other Legal Sources
Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition, s.46-49
New Hampshire draft 2012 – Download the PDF
New York draft 2013 – Download the PDF
North Carolina draft 2009 – Download the PDF
Massachusetts draft 2011 – Download the PDF
Illinois draft amendment 2008 – Download the PDF
2007 press release re SB 771 amending CA’s publicity law – Download the PDF
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