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"It's A Little Known Fact" That Copyright Law Is In Conflict With The Right Of Publicity, Madeline O'Connor Dec 2012

"It's A Little Known Fact" That Copyright Law Is In Conflict With The Right Of Publicity, Madeline O'Connor

Touro Law Review

This Comment will analyze Section 102 of the Copyright Act,the right of publicity in common law and as codified in state statutes,and Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, and the analyses and applicationof these laws by different circuits. Further, this Comment willsuggest alternative tests, modeled upon trademark law, that courtsmay use in the future in similar situations to reach more equitable determinations.


The Inalienable Right Of Publicity, Jennifer E. Rothman Nov 2012

The Inalienable Right Of Publicity, Jennifer E. Rothman

All Faculty Scholarship

This article challenges the conventional wisdom that the right of publicity is universally and uncontroversially alienable. Courts and scholars have routinely described the right as a freely transferable property right, akin to patents or copyrights. Despite such broad claims of unfettered alienability, courts have limited the transferability of publicity rights in a variety of instances. No one has developed a robust account of why such limits should exist or what their contours should be. This article remedies this omission and concludes that the right of publicity must have significantly limited alienability to protect the rights of individuals to control the …


Post-Mortem Right Of Publicity In Arkansas: Protecting Against The Unauthorized Use Of A Person’S Identity For Commercial Purposes, Rashauna A. Norment Apr 2012

Post-Mortem Right Of Publicity In Arkansas: Protecting Against The Unauthorized Use Of A Person’S Identity For Commercial Purposes, Rashauna A. Norment

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

The right of publicity protects a person against the use of his or her name, identity, likeness, or other personal characteristics for commercial purposes without consent. Many states have implemented a statutory right of publicity or have recognized the right under common law. Currently, only three states have a post-mortem right of publicity. This article discusses jurisdictions that have adopted a postmortem right of publicity, and advocates that Arkansas adopt a postmortem right of publicity for everyone.

Specifically, the article argues that traditional protection stemming from actions for invasion of a right of privacy, trademark infringement, and copyright infringement cannot …


Me.Com: The Growing Need For The Illinois Right Of Publicity Act To Respond To Online Social Networks, Anne E. Mclean Mar 2012

Me.Com: The Growing Need For The Illinois Right Of Publicity Act To Respond To Online Social Networks, Anne E. Mclean

Anne E McLean

This Comment discusses the recent growth in prevalence of online social networks (“OSNs”) in both personal and commercial contexts and, given the novelty and breadth of current issues surrounding OSNs, focuses analysis on problems that arise when attempting to locate a home for claims involving OSNs within the current Illinois publicity statute, the Illinois Right of Publicity Act. Of the thirty states that recognize the right of an individual to recover damages for the appropriation of his identity, Illinois is one of nineteen states to codify these rights by statute and adopts the majority view—extending protection to individuals without regard …


Protecting A Celebrity's Legacy: Living In California Or New York Becomes The Deciding Factor, Laurie Henderson Jan 2012

Protecting A Celebrity's Legacy: Living In California Or New York Becomes The Deciding Factor, Laurie Henderson

The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law

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Toward A Limited Right Of Publicity: An Argument For The Convergence Of The Right Of Publicity, Unfair Competition & Trademark Law, Andrew Beckerman Rodau Jan 2012

Toward A Limited Right Of Publicity: An Argument For The Convergence Of The Right Of Publicity, Unfair Competition & Trademark Law, Andrew Beckerman Rodau

Andrew Beckerman Rodau

The right of publicity, the newest type of intellectual property, allows a person to control commercial use of his or her identity. The scope of the right has expanded significantly because many courts and commentators have misinterpreted it by viewing it as a pure property right justified by a labor or unjust enrichment theory. It should be evaluated in light of the utilitarian justification for intellectual property law. Rewarding people by allowing them to monetize their public persona is not the goal. The goal is to incentivize individuals to engage in creative endeavors for the benefit of the public. An …


Intercepting Licensing Rights: Why College Athletes Need A Federal Right Of Publicity, Talor Bearman Jan 2012

Intercepting Licensing Rights: Why College Athletes Need A Federal Right Of Publicity, Talor Bearman

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

The right of publicity is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of her name, image, likeness, or other identifiable aspects of her persona. In the United States, the right of publicity is a state-law right, not federal, and recognition of the right varies significantly from state to state. The lack of uniformity among states poses significant problems for individuals who are recognizable throughout the United States. Specifically, student athletes, who would lose the ability to play college athletics if they were reimbursed for the use of their images, are among the individuals most at risk of …


The Laws Of Image, Samantha Barbas Jan 2012

The Laws Of Image, Samantha Barbas

Journal Articles

We live in an image society. Since the turn of the 20th century if not earlier, Americans have been awash in a sea of images throughout the visual landscape. We have become highly image-conscious, attuned to first impressions and surface appearances, and deeply concerned with our own personal images – our looks, reputations, and the impressions we make on others. The advent of this image-consciousness has been a familiar subject of commentary by social and cultural historians, yet its legal implications have not been explored. This article argues that one significant legal consequence of the image society was the evolution …


The Right Of Publicity In New York And California: A Critical Analysis, Paul Czarnota Jan 2012

The Right Of Publicity In New York And California: A Critical Analysis, Paul Czarnota

Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal

The article provides an analysis of the right of publicity under the state laws of New York and California as of September 2012, focusing on the application of the laws to celebrities and the illegal use of their identities in advertising and trade. The New York right to publicity tort laws reportedly protect a celebrity's name, portrait, and voice from unauthorized use by third parties. The New York case Roberson v. Rochester Folding Box Co. is also mentioned.