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The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World Hardcover – May 7, 2018
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“This is the definitive biography of the right of publicity, whose boundaries have exploded in recent years. Jennifer Rothman tells the story with zest, explaining how we should restructure this right in our fame-obsessed age.”―Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School
“The book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of right of publicity law and how the doctrine evolved to where it is today. Rothman concisely connects the dots among seemingly irreconcilable court decisions while debunking myths about the early case-law.”―Stephanie Abrutyn, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Litigation at HBO
“Rothman makes a crucial argument that goes to the heart of the current legal doctrine.”―Jessica Litman, author of Digital Copyright
“Jennifer Rothman has written an important, informative study of the right of publicity as it has developed in the United States and its connections to a robust privacy right. By reexamining the past, she has elaborated principles that will be useful in defining both publicity and privacy rights for the digital age.”―Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School
About the Author
Jennifer E. Rothman is Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
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This timely and seminal book about the “right of publicity” touches on these topics, and so much more.
This extremely engaging and well-written book challenges existing assumptions about the right of publicity and how it came to be. It is persuasive in its arguments and extensively researched, combining an examination of the history of privacy and publicity rights in the last century with in depth analysis and a close look at various seminal cases and law suits brought by (or against) an interesting array of people ranging from ordinary Americans to famous people such as MLK Jr, Prince, Elvis Presley, Bette Paige, and OJ Simpson — just to name a few.
I highly recommend this book! It’s a must-read for lawyers and legal scholars, but totally accessible to a general audience interested in current legal issues that effect us all.
Using the right of publicity as her text, Rothman weaves together important but overlooked social, technological, cultural, and commercial moments that still echo in the laws that confound us. The result is a must-read for culture hounds, social historians, legal and media scholars, entertainment-industry types, and thoughtful consumers of pop culture.
As a work of cultural and legal history alone, the book is indispensible. Rothman draws on years of primary-source research into era-defining cases to tease out the social norms about privacy, the commercialization of fame, and the economics of storytelling that made our early laws. She reminds us how different the culture industries were as the 19th century bled into the 20th, and yet how familiar were the concerns, as Kodak cameras—the unheralded predecessor to smartphones and selfie culture—put image-capture tech in the hands of creeps and self-styled detectives, and as the rise of mass communications gave unprecedented range to those images in advertising, news, and film. She traces the rise of Hollywood, and the way these rights became weaponized by lawyers, misunderstood by law students, and calcified by judges into a huge mess that has erupted again in the 21st century.
But the book is fundamentally forward-looking. There are too many reveals to tease, including enslaving OJ Simpson and dancing dead celebrities, and legal disputes involving Elvis, Prince, Michael Jackson, Olivia DeHavilland, Lindsay Lohan, and a range of other persons famous and unknown. As this book demonstrates, there’s no more important time to ask whether we’ve managed to give ourselves an ill-considered right to sell ourselves—and give others the right to sell ourselves and censor others—and ask whether the mess we’re left with is up to the task of handling revenge porn, deepfakes, sex tapes, reality stars, and contemporary celebrity culture. And Rothman comprehensively catalogues the ways in which it isn’t, and explains why, going behind the scenes to the judges, law clerks, and law students whose time-bound, error-ridden decisions call out for a better approach to an increasingly unmoored hodge-podge of anachronism and error that continues to silently censor our speech and our storytellers, and conceal promising solutions to some of the most vexing contemporary offenses against our intimacies.
Could not recommend more highly.