Anti-War T-Shirt Sales Spark Debate

Fallen soldiers' named used for protest

By Vanessa Guzman
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 5:36 PM CDT
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Anti-War T-Shirt Sales Spark Debate

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Republican Assemblyman Mike Duvall wants to expand a state law to prevent sales of T-shirts, posters and buttons that carry the names of Iraq war dead since 2003 without permission of their heirs.

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Sales of anti-war T-shirts listing thousands of American troops killed in Iraq have sparked a Republican legislator to expand a state law.  

Republican Assemblyman Mike Duvall wants to expand a state law to prevent sales of T-shirts, posters and buttons that carry the names of Iraq war dead since 2003 without permission of their heirs. The existing bill -- nicknamed the "Marilyn Monroe Law -- already prohibits the commercial use of the names, signatures, photographs, voices or likenesses of celebrities for 70 years after their deaths without permission from their estates. Duvall is planning to build on this bill to include fallen soldiers of the Iraq war.

There are loopholes to the Marilyn Monroe Law, including literary pieces such as books, magazines, newspaper articles and works of art that feature deceased celebrities.

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