7th Circuit: Copyright Law Does Not Preempt Illinois Publicity Statute

Seventh Circuit: U.S. Copyright Law does not preempt Illinois’ Right of Publicity Act.  The right to control the commercial exploitation of one’s identity is separate from the right to protect one particular fixation of one’s likeness in, for example, a photograph.

Toney v. L’Oreal,  03-2184 (7th Cir.  May 6, 2005).

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