Minnesota Residents Cash in on Prince's Death
May 2, 2016 |
Everyone mourns in different ways: Some people wear their emotions on their sleeves, some people try to stay busy, and some people look to pad their pockets with cash.
When Prince passed away two weeks ago, a merchandise frenzy erupted over the right to sell Prince-branded products. In some states, laws protect a person’s image following their death. There’s no such law in Minnesota, so fans are selling everything from Prince shirts to Prince coffee mugs, and they’re keeping all the profits.
In California and Tennessee, laws protect the deceased from this free-for-all. Prince’s siblings are looking to file a test case in Minnesota to stop the unauthorized selling of the Prince-branded merchandise, but it’s unclear how far the case actually will get.
Mark Roesler, the CEO of CMG Worldwide, a firm that deals with the licensing of high-profile estates, believes the Prince situation could set a precedent, and result in new legislation in Minnesota, according to the New York Daily News.
Do you think it’s right to sell unauthorized merchandise following the death of a celebrity? Let us know in the comments!
In honor of Prince, here are our favorite purple promotional products.