• Lohan v Take-Two

    Media Organizations File Amicus Brief Calling on New York Court of Appeals Not to Rewrite New York Right of Publicity Law

    NEW YORK, NY – Ten media organizations have filed an amicus brief in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, calling upon the court to reject the requests of actress Lindsay Lohan and reality TV personality Karen Gravano to broaden New York’s right of publicity law in a manner that would violate the First Amendment rights of authors, artists, journalists, publishers, booksellers, filmmakers, librarians and others.
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  • HTPA Legislation

    Media Coalition fighting against campaign to enact mandatory filtering on Internet in all 50 states

    A campaign seeking to pass Human Trafficking Prevention Act (HTPA) bills in all 50 states is currently underway. However, the bills would block access to certain categories of online content by forcing manufacturers, distributors and retailers to install and activate filtering software on any device that allows access to the internet. Currently, there are 14 HTPA bills in 12 states. The title of the legislation is misleading as the legislation only addresses human trafficking indirectly.
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New York  Legislature Fails to Pass Right of Publicity Bills

The New York Legislature failed to pass A.B. 8155 and S.B. 5857 which would amend the state’s existing right of publicity law to extend the right to individuals post mortem and broaden the right beyond a person’s name, portrait, picture or voice.

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Utah Senate Bill 185 signed by Governor

Utah Senate Bill185 would provide a cause of action for a person to sue anyone who produces or distributes material harmful to minors if, at the time the material was produced the person was a minor; and the material was the proximate cause for the person being harmed physically or psychologically, or by emotional or medical illnesses.

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