California lawmakers have voted to ban the sale of merchandise featuring the names or likenesses of fallen troops.
The state Assembly voted unanimously Monday to expand a current law prohibiting the unauthorized use of a deceased celebrity's image, voice or signature for commercial purposes.
The bill would extend the same protection to others whose names or likenesses suddenly gain commercial value after their death.
The measure was prompted by the Internet sale of anti-war T-shirts and other merchandise displaying the names of American service members killed in Iraq. The bill's supporters say such practices are exploitative and disrespectful.
The bill now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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