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Bill protects public figures

by The Associated Press | January 21, 2015 at 4:08 a.m. | Updated January 21, 2015 at 4:08 a.m.

The family of former Razorbacks football Coach and Athletic Director Frank Broyles wants a new state law to create publicity rights allowing public figures more control over how their likenesses are used.



Two Northwest Arkansas lawmakers introduced the bill Tuesday.

The 90-year-old Broyles left the University of Arkansas' Razorback Foundation last year. A sponsor of the bill, Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, said Tuesday that concerns arose that people would try to sell T-shirts and items with Broyles' name or face without his permission.

Broyles family attorney Meredith Lowry said the proposed legislation would also protect a person's name and image for at least 10 years after his death.

About 20 states have passed laws establishing a right of publicity, though states vary on how long those rights last after a person's death.

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