SF Gate: California bookstores exempt from autograph authentication law

Monday, October 16, 2017

As excerpted from SFGate:

State lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that sellers of items that carry their creator’s autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic.

Legislation excluding bookstores from the certification requirement followed a lawsuit by a Bay Area bookseller. AB228 by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, passed both houses without a dissenting vote and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it Thursday. The law takes effect immediately.

A law passed in 1992 required dealers in autographed sports memorabilia to authenticate the signatures or face financial penalties. With backing from consumer advocates, film studios and police chiefs, who said there was widespread evidence of forged signatures in the memorabilia market, legislators expanded the requirement, as of this year, to all sellers except pawnbrokers and online merchants.