Once again, the Constitution is under attack, this time by State Senator Jon Woods (R) of Arkansas.
Here’s the thing, though … it’s a redundant law. The courts have already ruled on most of what is in here – that an individual person has the right to control how their image is used for commercial purposes, but not for journalistic/editorial purposes.
Here’s where it gets nasty, in the way this bill defines a “person:”
(B) “Person” includes:
(i) A partnership, a corporation, a company, an
association, or any other business entity;
(ii) A not-for-profit corporation or association;
(iii) An educational or religious institution;
(iv) A political party; and
(v) A community, civic, or other organization;
Yep, the State or Arkansas is about to give inanimate objects the same rights as individual people. This is a furthering of the Citizens United decision that is stripping away the rights of actual, individual people by diluting the definition of what a “person” is.
I’m off to fume a little …