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The Right of Publicity

Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

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$39.95 • £28.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674980983

Publication: May 2018


256 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones


A fascinating read for anyone who is interested in the nuts and bolts of right of publicity law and how the doctrine evolved to where it is today. It also will serve as a valuable resource for litigators looking for guidance on how to reconcile the seemingly contradictory precedent in a way that is understandable… This book will quickly become one of the most cited sources by litigants and courts grappling with right of publicity issues.—Stephanie S. Abrutyn, Communications Lawyer

Rothman’s important book is an excellent contribution to the field, one that will hopefully provoke courts and legislatures to rethink their headlong expansion of the right of publicity. It should be required reading for anyone dealing with the right of publicity.—Mark Lemley, Michigan Law Review

Rothman provides a complete legal and cultural history of the right of publicity, tracing its development from the late 1800s to its modern-day expansion as a transferable right of property. Fascinating details of the individuals behind the cases, including celebrities and private citizens, inform how the law’s current contours have been shaped… Indispensable.—Rachel Bridgewater, Library Journal

This is the definitive biography of the right of publicity, whose boundaries have exploded in recent years. Jennifer Rothman tells the story with zest, explaining how we should restructure this right in our fame-obsessed age.—Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School

Rothman makes a crucial argument that goes to the heart of the current legal doctrine.—Jessica Litman, author of Digital Copyright

Jennifer Rothman has written an important, informative study of the right of publicity as it has developed in the United States and its connections to a robust privacy right. By reexamining the past, she has elaborated principles that will be useful in defining both publicity and privacy rights for the digital age.—Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School