senate Bill S5959D

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 23, 2020 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.210
substituted for a5605c
Jul 22, 2020 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jul 21, 2020 ordered to third reading cal.788
reported and committed to rules
Jul 17, 2020 print number 5959d
Jul 17, 2020 amend and recommit to finance
Mar 10, 2020 reported and committed to finance
Mar 05, 2020 print number 5959c
Mar 05, 2020 amend and recommit to judiciary
Jan 08, 2020 referred to judiciary
Jun 16, 2019 print number 5959b
Jun 16, 2019 amend and recommit to judiciary
Jun 07, 2019 print number 5959a
Jun 07, 2019 amend and recommit to judiciary
May 17, 2019 committee discharged and committed to judiciary
May 16, 2019 referred to codes

Votes

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Jul 21, 2020 - Finance committee Vote

S5959D
22
0
committee
22
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jul 21, 2020 - Rules committee Vote

S5959D
19
0
committee
19
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mar 10, 2020 - Judiciary committee Vote

S5959C
11
0
committee
11
Aye
0
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Mar 10, 2020

aye wr (3)
excused (1)

Co-Sponsors

S5959 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5605
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§50-f & 52-c, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5857, A8155

S5959 - Summary

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual.

S5959 - Sponsor Memo

S5959 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5959

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the civil rights law and the arts and  cultural  affairs
  law,  in  relation to the right of privacy and the right of publicity;
  and to amend the civil practice law and  rules,  in  relation  to  the
  timeliness  of commencement of an action for violation of the right of
  publicity

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  50 of the civil rights law is renumbered section
50-f and a new section 50 is added to read as follows:
  § 50. DEFINITIONS.   FOR THE PURPOSES OF  SECTIONS  FIFTY-F,  FIFTY-G,
FIFTY-H,  FIFTY-I  AND  FIFTY-ONE  OF  THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1. "AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE" MEANS AN  ATTORNEY,  TALENT  AGENT,  OR
PERSONAL MANAGER AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE INDIVIDUAL, OR IF THE INDI-
VIDUAL  DOES  NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY, TALENT AGENT, OR PERSONAL MANAGER, A
LABOR UNION REPRESENTING PERFORMERS IN AUDIOVISUAL WORK.
  2. "DECEASED INDIVIDUAL" MEANS A NATURAL PERSON  WHO  HAS  DIED  WHILE
DOMICILED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  3.  "DIGITAL REPLICA" MEANS A COMPUTER-GENERATED OR ELECTRONIC REPROD-
UCTION OF A LIVING OR  DECEASED  INDIVIDUAL'S  LIKENESS  OR  VOICE  THAT
DEPICTS  THE  LIKENESS  OR  VOICE  OF  THE INDIVIDUAL BEING PORTRAYED. A
DIGITAL REPLICA IS INCLUDED WITHIN AN INDIVIDUAL'S PORTRAIT.
  4. "SECRETARY" MEANS THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
  5. "FUND-RAISING" MEANS AN ORGANIZED ACTIVITY TO SOLICIT DONATIONS  OF
MONEY  OR  OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES FROM PERSONS OR ENTITIES BY AN ORGAN-
IZATION, COMPANY OR PUBLIC ENTITY.
  6. "EXPRESSIVE SOUND RECORDING OR AUDIOVISUAL WORK" INCLUDES AN AUDIO-
BOOK, INTERACTIVE GAME, LIVE PERFORMANCE,  MOVIE,  RADIO  OR  TELEVISION

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05914-03-9

Co-Sponsors

S5959A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5605
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§50-f & 52-c, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5857, A8155

S5959A - Summary

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual.

S5959A - Sponsor Memo

S5959A - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5959--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. SAVINO, HARCKHAM, JACKSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes --
  committee discharged and said bill committed to the Committee on Judi-
  ciary -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the civil rights law and the arts and cultural affairs
  law, in relation to the right of privacy and the right  of  publicity;
  and  to  amend  the  civil  practice law and rules, in relation to the
  timeliness of commencement of an action for violation of the right  of
  publicity

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 50 of the civil rights law  is  renumbered  section
50-f and a new section 50 is added to read as follows:
  §  50.  DEFINITIONS.    FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTIONS FIFTY-F, FIFTY-G,
FIFTY-H, FIFTY-I AND FIFTY-ONE OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  THE  FOLLOWING  TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1.  "AUTHORIZED  REPRESENTATIVE"  MEANS  AN ATTORNEY, TALENT AGENT, OR
PERSONAL MANAGER AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE INDIVIDUAL, OR IF THE INDI-
VIDUAL DOES NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY, TALENT AGENT, OR PERSONAL  MANAGER,  A
LABOR UNION REPRESENTING PERFORMERS IN AUDIOVISUAL WORK.
  2.  "DECEASED  INDIVIDUAL"  MEANS  A NATURAL PERSON WHO HAS DIED WHILE
DOMICILED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  3. "DIGITAL REPLICA" MEANS A COMPUTER-GENERATED OR ELECTRONIC  REPROD-
UCTION  OF  A  LIVING  OR  DECEASED  INDIVIDUAL'S LIKENESS OR VOICE THAT
DEPICTS THE LIKENESS OR VOICE  OF  THE  INDIVIDUAL  BEING  PORTRAYED.  A
DIGITAL REPLICA IS INCLUDED WITHIN AN INDIVIDUAL'S PORTRAIT.
  4. "SECRETARY" MEANS THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
  5.  "FUND-RAISING" MEANS AN ORGANIZED ACTIVITY TO SOLICIT DONATIONS OF
MONEY OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES FROM PERSONS OR ENTITIES BY  AN  ORGAN-
IZATION, COMPANY OR PUBLIC ENTITY.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

S5959B - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5605
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§50-f & 52-c, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5857, A8155

S5959B - Summary

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual.

S5959B - Sponsor Memo

S5959B - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5959--B

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO, BENJAMIN, HARCKHAM, JACKSON -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Codes -- committee  discharged  and  said  bill  committed  to  the
  Committee  on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the civil rights law and the arts and cultural affairs
  law, in relation to the right of privacy and the right  of  publicity;
  and  to  amend  the  civil  practice law and rules, in relation to the
  timeliness of commencement of an action for violation of the right  of
  publicity

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 50 of the civil rights law  is  renumbered  section
50-f and a new section 50 is added to read as follows:
  §  50.  DEFINITIONS.    FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTIONS FIFTY-F, FIFTY-G,
FIFTY-H, FIFTY-I AND FIFTY-ONE OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  THE  FOLLOWING  TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1.  "AUTHORIZED  REPRESENTATIVE"  MEANS  AN ATTORNEY, TALENT AGENT, OR
PERSONAL MANAGER AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE INDIVIDUAL, OR IF THE INDI-
VIDUAL DOES NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY, TALENT AGENT, OR PERSONAL  MANAGER,  A
LABOR UNION REPRESENTING PERFORMERS IN AUDIOVISUAL WORK.
  2.  "DECEASED  INDIVIDUAL"  MEANS  A NATURAL PERSON WHO HAS DIED WHILE
DOMICILED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  3. "DIGITAL REPLICA" MEANS A NEWLY CREATED, ORIGINAL COMPUTER-GENERAT-
ED OR ELECTRONIC PERFORMANCE OF A LIVING OR DECEASED INDIVIDUAL'S  LIKE-
NESS OR VOICE IN A SEPARATE AND NEWLY CREATED, ORIGINAL EXPRESSIVE SOUND
RECORDING  OR AUDIOVISUAL WORK THAT DEPICTS THE LIKENESS OR VOICE OF THE
INDIVIDUAL BEING PORTRAYED. A DIGITAL  REPLICA  IS  INCLUDED  WITHIN  AN
INDIVIDUAL'S  PORTRAIT.    A DIGITAL REPLICA DOES NOT  INCLUDE THE ELEC-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

S5959C - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5605
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§50-f & 52-c, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5857, A8155

S5959C - Summary

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual.

S5959C - Sponsor Memo

S5959C - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5959--C

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO, BENJAMIN, HARCKHAM, JACKSON -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Codes -- committee  discharged  and  said  bill  committed  to  the
  Committee  on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Judiciary in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation  to  establishing  the
  right  of  publicity  and  to  providing a private right of action for
  unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction
  of an individual

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  civil  rights law is amended by adding a new section
50-f to read as follows:
  § 50-F. RIGHT OF PUBLICITY. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  A. "DECEASED PERFORMER" MEANS A DECEASED NATURAL PERSON  DOMICILED  IN
THIS  STATE  AT THE TIME OF DEATH WHO, FOR GAIN OR LIVELIHOOD, WAS REGU-
LARLY ENGAGED IN ACTING, SINGING, DANCING, OR PLAYING A MUSICAL  INSTRU-
MENT.
  B.  "DECEASED PERSONALITY" MEANS ANY DECEASED NATURAL PERSON DOMICILED
IN THIS STATE AT THE TIME OF DEATH WHOSE NAME, VOICE, SIGNATURE,  PHOTO-
GRAPH, OR LIKENESS HAS COMMERCIAL VALUE AT THE TIME OF HIS OR HER DEATH,
OR  BECAUSE  OF  HIS OR HER DEATH, WHETHER OR NOT DURING THE LIFETIME OF
THAT NATURAL PERSON THE PERSON USED HIS OR HER NAME,  VOICE,  SIGNATURE,
PHOTOGRAPH, OR LIKENESS ON OR IN PRODUCTS, MERCHANDISE, OR GOODS, OR FOR
PURPOSES  OF  ADVERTISING  OR  SELLING,  OR SOLICITATION OF PURCHASE OF,
PRODUCTS, MERCHANDISE, GOODS, OR SERVICES.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

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S5959D (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5605
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§50-f & 52-c, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5857, A8155

S5959D (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the right of publicity and provides for a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction of an individual.

S5959D (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5959D (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5959--D

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO,  BENJAMIN, CARLUCCI, HARCKHAM, JACKSON --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Codes -- committee discharged and said bill committed
  to  the  Committee on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Judi-
  ciary  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --   committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  reported  favorably  from  said committee and
  committed to the Committee on Finance --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation  to  establishing  the
  right  of  publicity  and  to  providing a private right of action for
  unlawful dissemination or publication of a sexually explicit depiction
  of an individual

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  civil  rights law is amended by adding a new section
50-f to read as follows:
  § 50-F. RIGHT OF PUBLICITY. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  A. "DECEASED PERFORMER" MEANS A DECEASED NATURAL PERSON  DOMICILED  IN
THIS  STATE  AT THE TIME OF DEATH WHO, FOR GAIN OR LIVELIHOOD, WAS REGU-
LARLY ENGAGED IN ACTING, SINGING, DANCING, OR PLAYING A MUSICAL  INSTRU-
MENT.
  B.  "DECEASED PERSONALITY" MEANS ANY DECEASED NATURAL PERSON DOMICILED
IN THIS STATE AT THE TIME OF DEATH WHOSE NAME, VOICE, SIGNATURE,  PHOTO-
GRAPH, OR LIKENESS HAS COMMERCIAL VALUE AT THE TIME OF HIS OR HER DEATH,
OR  BECAUSE  OF  HIS OR HER DEATH, WHETHER OR NOT DURING THE LIFETIME OF
THAT NATURAL PERSON THE PERSON USED HIS OR HER NAME,  VOICE,  SIGNATURE,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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