Son of Sam Law

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A generic term referring to any state or US federal law that would prevent a perpetrator convicted of a violent crime from capitalising on the event and profiting from books or other forms of intellectual property related to the crime committed and instead pass any monies gained to the crime’s victims or their families
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law--similar in essence to Son of Sam laws, but different in scope.
Generally, Son of Sam laws are an improper and insufficient mechanism to
The New York Legislature quickly passed the Son of Sam Law, which prohibited convicts from profiting from their crimes.
Cobb, Comment, Making a Killing: Evaluating the Constitutionality of the Texas Son of Sam Law, 39 Hous.
Woodland added that Anthony could get herself into legal problems if she publishes the book because of the Son of Sam laws, which was enacted to keep criminals from profiting from their crimes by selling their stories to publishers.