May 5, 2009
McNally wins passage of legislation protecting soldiers
from having their names used in anti-war demonstrations or
(NASHVILLE, TN), May 5, 2009 – Legislation designed to protect soldiers from having their names or likeness used in anti-war activities without permission was approved in the Tennessee State Senate on Monday by a vote of 32 to 0. The bill, SB 836 sponsored by Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), allows individuals to recover three times the amount of damages plus attorneys fees from those who knowingly use or infringe on the rights of an active member of the armed forces in violation of Tennessee’s “Personal Rights Protection Act.”
“Many families of deceased soldiers have unfortunately had to face the use of their loved one’s name or likeness in anti-American or anti-war fundraising campaigns or advertisements,” said Senator McNally. “This is a slap in the face of our brave soldiers’ sacrifices for their country that their loved ones should not have to endure.”
The legislation comes after several violations were reported, including T-shirts sold on the Internet using the names of about 1700 soldiers. The T-shirts contained defaming information about their country with the names of a soldier on the back.
“This legislation would make such use a violation under Tennessee’s ‘Personal Rights Protection Act’ with treble damages for those who abuse the name or likeness of our nation’s heroes,” added McNally. “Hopefully, it will serve as a deterrent for any abuse of the personal rights of our soldiers in the future.”