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Pop Star Inspires Law: Minnesota Considers PRINCE Act

Minnesota produces corn mostly and one pop star particularly, a giant who was also tiny, the deceased artist known as Prince. Since the musician died on April 21 last month, there has been much discussion of the man and the myth, even in legislative circles.

This week, a Republican lawmaker from Prince's home state of Minnesota proposed a bill to guard against exploitation of a voice, name, signature, and image of a person for at least 50 years after their death, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The bill is called the PRINCE Act, and it stands for Personal Rights In Names Can Endure.

Ivanka Trump Flops: Flammable Fabrics and Civic Forgetfulness

Apart from manufacturing cheaply made goods in China for import to the US, Ivanka Trump is helping her dad in his campaign to Make America Great Again (that's a trademarked phrase). Reportedly, she's struggling with both.

The daughter of the Donald and former model Ivanka Trump, a businesswoman, had 20,000 scarves recalled for flammability. Meanwhile her voter registration lectures turned out to be hypocritical, and neither Ivanka nor her brother Eric are registered to vote in the upcoming New York Republican primary. Let's take it one flop at a time.

Hologram Law: Electronic Resurrection for Biggie Smalls?

If you missed seeing Biggie Smalls live, you may still get your chance with a hologram. The Notorious BIG's widow, singer Faith Evans, reportedly said recently that she is working on developing a hologram and is considering performing "live" with the electronic replica of her husband, according to CNN.

Biggie Smalls or the Notorious BIG, born Christopher Wallace, died in an unsolved shooting in 1997, but his memory and music live on. People may still pay to see him, even if only electronically, and he is but one of many stars whose images are being considered for contemporary touring. Let's look at the growing business of hologram entertainment and legal issues it raises.

Madonna Gets Warning From NY DOT for Illegal 'No Parking' Signs

Madonna's Upper East Side neighbors are upset with the pop superstar. She posted fake "no parking" signs outside her townhouse, and painted a yellow line along the curb to block people from parking there, among other violations of Department of Transportation rules.

Well, she probably didn't do it herself -- based on what neighbors say, it seems likely the star's staff took action on her behalf. They're apparently accustomed to directing foot and automobile traffic around the building so that Madonna can exit the garage unnoticed. Her neighbors complain that the star behaves outrageously and reportedly like to joke to each other that she plays her song, "Bi--h I'm Madonna" while driving by them laughing.

Celebrity Baby Formula Recipe May Endanger Kids

As a culture, we get excited about celebrities and follow famous people's moves carefully, perhaps because their riches seem to indicate wisdom. The problem with this practice is that we may end up endangering ourselves or others -- like our kids -- when we copy whatever crazy fad a celebrity mother is following.

The latest advice on child-rearing is brought to us by Kristin Cavallari, a 29-year-old-woman who became famous as a reality TV Star on a show about aspiring California fashion designers, called "The Hills." Cavallari is promoting a book, Balancing in Heels, in which she reveals her homemade goat's milk baby food formula. Be very careful about copying that recipe.

LA County Animal Care Probes Pig Attack on 'Cesar 911'

We love bacon and slaughter countless pigs annually to indulge our passion for salty and fatty meats. But we just can't stand to see a pot-bellied pig hurt on TV.

Or that's the impression that has arisen after an animal rights activist called media outlet TMZ and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control after an airing of Cesar Millan's Nat-Geo Show "Cesar 911." The complaint was about cruelty to a pig and it prompted a county investigation, plus lots of national media coverage.

WA Prosecutors Review Salma Hayek's Dog's Death

Salma Hayek's dog was killed by a neighbor in the Seattle area in mid-February and the shooting was ruled justified by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, NBC News reports. Nonetheless, the county will send the case of the actress's shot dog to prosecutors for review, said spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.

Hayek's neighbor, who is an animal lover and dog owner, has expressed deep regret over Hayek's dog's death. She wasn't aware that it belonged to the actress, or even that the dog was dead. Here's what reportedly happened.

Will Taylor Swift Forgive Kanye or Claim Defamation?

Two nights ago, Taylor Swift won a Grammy for 2015's Album of the Year for "1989." She used the moment in the spotlight to take a shot at Kanye West, who did not attend the event. The two have clashed, most famously, when Swift first received a VMA years ago, and most recently last Friday when Kanye dissed her lyrically.

Kanye last week released a song from his new album claiming he made Swift famous and might still sleep with her. He said in a tweet that she approved the line, which she immediately denied. It seemed likely that the famously litigious Swift would retaliate with a lawsuit. Could she claim defamation?

Contract Basics: Kanye Ignores Shkreli Offer on New Album

Martin Shkreli loves making a stink, and he will do it at almost any cost. The US's most reviled pharmaceutical company executive yesterday offered $10 million to exclusively buy Kanye West's new album, The Life of Pablo. He tweeted a copy of his offer letter to the pop star, and followed up that Kanye must by law consider the offer and, thus, delay his album's release.

Kanye, who loves outrageous statements but only if he makes them, appears unmoved by Shkreli's claims or offer. He said that TLOP (which some have affectionately dubbed Tomatoes, Lettuce, Onion, Pickles) will be released today, according to BillBoard.

Will Nike Sue Kanye for Defamatory Song Lyrics?

Kanye West has made a name for himself saying and doing outrageous things. Shortly after he announced that he was a proud non-reader, he released a book. After his first Paris runway show was panned, he said the French did not know fashion. And now that his sneaker deal with Nike has gone down the drain, Kanye is making claims about the company that some suspect will lead to a lawsuit, reports Details.

Kanye West released a single on New Year's Eve, called "Facts." What's interesting about that title is that it implies that what follows in the song is true. And that makes him liable for defamation if what he is saying is not true and does damage to the targeted party, in this case Nike.