"The image of a celebrity is not something the public can use generally"
So says California State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, who's leading the charge to broaden the state's postmortem right of publicity statute to apply to those who died before 1985 (when the current statute was adopted). The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 last month to recommend Kuehl's bill to the full Senate. Full story in today's Los Angeles Times here. Kuehl is a former TV star herself.