Committee Scope: Right of Publicity Committee

The Right of Publicity Committee is responsible for Section activities involving laws that protect individuals’ identities from being used by others without permission.  These laws may protection such individuals’ name, image, likeness, or other identifying aspects of identity.  The committee considers common and statutory law governing rights of publicity, including proposed legislation, as well as court cases delineating the bounds of such laws based on prior cases, statutory text, and the First Amendment.  The committee also addresses the interface of intellectual property law with media law, including related data protection issues.  Exemplary areas of interest include video games that use avatars of real people, the use of photographic images, news gathering in the high tech era (e.g., drones), examining liability for internet re-publishers, internet publishing, and topics addressing internet privacy for issues like revenge porn or the right to be forgotten.