New York Governor Signs New Postmortem Right of Publicity Bill

By Jennifer E. Rothman
December 1, 2020

On November 30th, 2020, the Governor of New York signed into law a new postmortem provision which for the first time will add a postmortem right to the state's law, lasting 40 years after death. This new law also addresses the unlawful dissemination and publication of  "sexually explicit depictions," and adds a digital replica right for deceased performers. It has robust protections for expressive works.  For more on the law see my earlier write-up on it.

The text of the bill as signed can be found here: S05959D on the New York legislature's website.