China Solicits Public Opinion on Personality Rights Reforms

As a part of the People’s Republic of China’s multi-year overhaul of its Civil Code, multiple Chinese state news outlets reported recently that the National People’s Congress (NPC) published draft amendments to the Civil Code’s personality rights (rights of publicity) provisions, and is collecting public opinions on such proposed legislation. Currently, Article 99 and 100 of the General Principles of Civil Law provide legal protections for personal names and likeness (right of portrait) as personality rights. While the draft Civil Code does not appear to be currently translated into English for review, such proposed reforms have been reported to provide further protections for “personal dignity.”

The NPC is collecting public opinions on such reforms up until November 3, 2018.

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