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Anti-Cartoon Bill - Legislating Cartoon Content

State of New York
No. 623 / Int. 548

In Senate,
February 23, 1897

Introduced by Mr. ELLSWORTH - read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the committee on codes.


To restrain the unauthorized printing and publishing of portraits or alleged portraits of individuals.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. No person, firm, partnership, corporation or voluntary association shall print or publish in any newspaper, paper, periodical, magazine, pamphlet or book any portrait or alleged portrait of any person or individual living in this state without first obtaining his or her written consent to such printing or publication.

Section 2. The printing or publishing of the portrait or alleged portrait of such person or individual without such consent in writing shall be a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine not less than one thousand dollars and by imprisonment for not lest than one year.

Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

Timothy E. Ellsworth - of Lockport, Niagara County, N.Y. Member of New York state senate, 1882-85, 1896-1902 (39th District 1882-85, 45th District 1896-1902).

Courtesy New York State Historical Society