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Frank Broyles bill fails in committee

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Benji Hardy reports from the Capitol that a House committee this morning rejected a reworked version of Sen. Jon Woods' legislation introduced in behalf of the family of former UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles to restrict commercial use by others of a person's image.

Photographers, press and the motion picture industry objected to the original version as being overly broad and Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill. An override effort failed.

Existing law offers protection and there were fears that the proposal could cut into practices in art and journalism now generally accepted.

Woods came back with a modified version. It continued to retain rights for individuals and their heirs to their likenesses, but listed exceptions such as news and artistic purposes. The motion picture industry withdrew its objections to the reworked bill, but photographers remained strongly opposed.

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