December 01, 2020 Feature

Right to Not Be Forgotten (Sometimes): Celebrity Privacy Rights in a Data-Driven World

Franklin Graves and Germaine Gabriel

©2020. Published in Landslide, Vol. 13, No. 2, November/December 2020, 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.

Access to data plays a crucial role in how society consumes entertainment. At the tap of an app, we can find out the name of the familiar face playing a secondary role in a classic TV sitcom or learn the (estimated) net worth of an athlete featured in a commercial that just aired. Additionally, we can explore the back catalogs of our favorite artists on a streaming music platform or read about their careers without leaving the platform. We can also dig into the latest gossip or paparazzi video documenting a celebrity’s meltdown.

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