Celebrity Rights Laws Law and Legal Definition

Celebrity rights laws are legislation enacted in some states which allows a deceased personality's relatives or transferees to control the commercial rights to the personality's name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness.

The following is an example of a case law referring to a statute on Celebrity rights:

“A person can own the right to control commercial use of a deceased personality's name, voice, photograph or likeness.” [Richard Feiner & Co. v. Larry Harmon Pictures Corp., 38 F. Supp. 2d 276, 277-278 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)].