On Monday, October 1, 2018, Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, visited campus to talk about her new book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
250 Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law

Who controls how one’s identity is used by others? This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the internet age. In her new book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, Professor Jennifer Rothman of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, uses the right of publicity — a little-known law, often wielded by celebrities — to answer that question, not just for the famous but for everyone. In challenging the conventional story of the right of publicity’s emergence, development and justifications, Rothman shows how it transformed people into intellectual property, leading to a bizarre world in which you can lose ownership of your own identity. This shift and the right’s subsequent expansion undermine individual liberty and privacy, restrict free speech and suppress artistic works, says Rothman.

The right of publicity has lost its way. Rothman proposes returning the right to its origins and in the process reclaiming privacy for a public world. 

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Sponsored by:
The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) at Northeastern University School of Law 
Northeastern University's School of Journalism in the College of Arts, Media and Design