From Publishers Weekly:
California’s controversial law that requires booksellers to obtain a certificate of authenticity before they could sell books autographed by authors has been rescinded.
The move follows a lawsuit filed in May by Book Passage owner Bill Petrocelli and backed by the Pacific Legal Foundation that argued that common bookstore practices like guest author lectures and book signings “are fundamental to First Amendment freedoms.” The original law was enacted to require that store owners certify that any autographed item over $5 carry an authentic signature. The law was passed to fight against the sale of fake memorabilia, but included books.
Petrocelli, as well as other California booksellers, argued that the paperwork involved to meet the new law would make selling copies of autographed books too expensive. Book signings are an important part of booksellers’ business model, with Book Passage, for example, hosting more than 800 signings a year.
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California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that exempted books from the law.
Link to the rest at Publishers Weekly and thanks to Chris for the tip.
PG is a member of the California Bar. He must admit that the California legislature certainly does its bit to support California lawyers by regularly delivering large bundles of new laws that require litigation before anyone knows what the laws actually mean.
However, on a higher philosophical plane, he thinks a great many of new California laws are silly. And drafted without adequate sanity checks in the real world.