Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephen Zralek and William "Paz" Haynes, III recently wrote an Op-Ed for The Tennessean discussing how college athletes are wrongly blocked from compensation for their use of their right of publicity. The article explores two bills that have been proposed in the state legislature that address this issue.
“One bill is a step in the right direction, one may inadvertently limit student-athletes’ rights, and neither goes far enough,” they said in the article. They explain how this legislation “could help attract elite student athletes to Tennessee, which would benefit our state as a whole.” Strengthening the right of publicity for college athletes would indirectly also strengthen it for musicians and other celebrities who live and work in Tennessee.
Zralek has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and focuses his practice on intellectual property, business and entertainment disputes. Zralek is a frequent speaker and author on issues in intellectual property litigation, including the right of publicity, and litigating before the Tennessee Business Court
Haynes is a veteran attorney with experience in labor and employment law, administrative law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. In 2017, Haynes was appointed to the board of the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and he currently serves as board chairman.
To read the article, visit The Tennessean’s website.