Minnesota’s Proposed “Prince Act” Bill Is Pulled Back
Following the April 21 death of Prince, early May legislation was drafted in Minnesota concerning the creative works of deceased artists. Introduced as The Prince Act (an acronym for The Personal Rights in Name Can Endure Act) was placed before the state’s House Of Representatives and Senate to “limit outside use of his name and likeness in commercial pursuits” surrounding late artists’ likeness and works. Rushed by Republican Representative Joe Hoppe (whose district includes Prince’s Paisley Park residence, studio, and compound) the bill was founded on concerns stated by Prince surrounding unauthorized merchandise surrounding increased interest in his work. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park last month.
The Associated Press reports that Representative Hoppe has now pulled back the bill. Based on intel from sources, the Republican reportedly responded to early backlash. “[Critics] worried the bill was moving too fast and could have unintended consequences.” The reports adds, “[Hoppe] decided to pull the bill and take more time to consider some of the concerns raised.”
The politician is said to plan a revised proposal of the bill in 2017.
Prince’s estate is currently being disputed by several relatives.