The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

April 26, 2018 at 6:30pm9:00pm
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA

Robinson Courtroom on Loyola’s downtown L.A. campus

919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jennifer E. Rothman will debut her forthcoming book, “The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World,” during a public launch event featuring a conversation with prominent First Amendment experts from 6:30-9 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 26, 2018 on Loyola’s downtown L.A. campus. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

The highly timely book, due out May 7, 2018 from Harvard University Press, tackles the question of who controls how one’s identity is used by others. This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the Internet Age. Rothman uses the right of publicity, a right often wielded by celebrities, to address the issue not just for the famous but for all of us. The book challenges the conventional story of the right of publicity’s development, and warns of the danger of turning people into intellectual property. This shift has jeopardized control over our own identities, while also limiting free speech, and suppressing artistic works and public commentary.

Professor Rothman’s talk at the event will be followed by a discussion with a trio of well-known intellectual property and free speech thought leaders: Douglas E. Mirell, partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP; Kelli L. Sager, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; and Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Justin Levitt also of Loyola Law School, who served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration.

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