Lynch Vetos “Salinger” Bill

Governor John Lynch vetoed a bill introduced by Sen. Bob Odell in 2011 that prohibited commercial use of an identity of a New Hampshire resident for up to 70 years after his or her death without the surviving family’s consent.

Odell penned SB 175 after Matthew the son of the late J.D. Salinger author and recluse approached the Senator about his family’s concerns of the inappropriate use of Salinger’s image for commercial purposes. Salinger penned the classic Catcher in the Rye and died in his Cornish home in 2010.

After passing the Senate, the House amended the Bill with more restrictions. The bill drew criticism and opposition from various organizations, including the New Hampshire Press Association, New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, New England Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Motion Picture Association of America. The groups complained that previously allowed material would now be illegal for use, since the bill was retroactive and would affect everything after 1942.

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