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Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation

Tax Issues In NY Publicity Right Becoming Descendible

While some states, like California, recognize post-mortem publicity rights, New York had extended the right of publicity to living New Yorkers only.

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While some states, like California, recognize post-mortem publicity rights, New York had extended the right of publicity to living New Yorkers only. But as a result of state legislation A5605C/S5959D, signed into law on Nov. 30, 2020, and effective as of May 29, 2021, celebrities domiciled in New York who die after the effective date will be afforded post-mortem rights of publicity for 40 years after death. See, N.Y. Civil Rights Law §50-f.

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