Censorsed: Copyright’s Festering Free-Speech Problem

John Tehranian

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 5, May/June 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Latin celebrities Noelia Lorenzo Monge and Jorge Reynoso had a problem on their hands. Secretly wed in a Las Vegas ceremony in 2007, they had kept their nuptials hidden from the world and had always told their fans and the media they were single. But when a tabloid rag obtained wedding photographs from the couple’s former bodyguard, Monge and Reynoso’s furtive union was exposed. At first blush, there was little the couple could do, legally speaking. After all, the First Amendment typically provides vigorous protection to news reporting, especially when it is entirely truthful and on a matter of public interest. But Monge and Reynoso would not take the outing of their marriage quietly. So they did with copyright law what they could not do with any other area of the law: they made Maya Magazines, the owner of the tabloid, pay.1

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