CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers have failed to get enough votes to override the governor’s veto of a bill sought by J.D. Salinger’s family to prevent inappropriate commercial exploitation beyond a person’s death.
The bill would have extended the state’s “common law right to control the commercial use of one’s identity” for 70 years beyond someone’s death. It was sponsored at the request of Salinger’s heirs, who said they were offended by the use of “The Catcher in the Rye” author’s image and name on items such as coffee mugs.
Salinger, who died in 2010, spent much of his life in rural Cornish.
Gov. John Lynch said the bill would potentially have a “chilling effect” on legitimate journalistic and expressive works protected by the state and federal constitutions.