Reputation Celebrity and Defamation Law

Author: David Rolph
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131706576X
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Taking Robert Post's seminal article 'The Social Foundations of Reputation and the Constitution' as a starting point, this volume examines how the concept of reputation changes to reflect social, political, economic, cultural and technological developments. It suggests that the value of a good reputation is not immutable and analyzes the history and doctrines of defamation law in the US and the UK. A selection of Australian case studies illustrates different concepts of defamation law and offers insights into their specific nature. Drawing on approaches to celebrity in media and cultural studies, the author conceptualizes reputation as a media construct and explains how reputation as celebrity is of great contemporary relevance at this point in the history of defamation law.

Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise

Author: Kathy Bowrey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 131606123X
Format: PDF
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Much of the real value in the entertainment industry today lies in franchises – fictional universes, entertainment concepts, reinventions of cultural traditions and celebrity – that create an ongoing presence in the marketplace. The entertainment franchise now shapes the global cultural landscape. However, scholars have devoted little attention to how intellectual property law has changed or is being stretched in practice to accommodate this type of creativity and form of enterprise. Covering law and practice in jurisdictions such as the UK, the EU, the USA, Australia, Spain and the Caribbean, this collection explores the 'fit' of intellectual property laws with specific franchises and tracks the way creators and entrepreneurs work around law's limitations. Case studies include mega-film franchises, fan activity, hip-hop, the management of celebrity reputation, flamenco, 'Disneyfied' theatre, film and television funding, arts festivals and 'carnival in a box'.

Comparative Defamation and Privacy Law

Author: Andrew T. Kenyon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316586367
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Defamation and privacy are now two central issues in media law. While defamation law has long posed concerns for media publications, the emergence of privacy as a legal challenge has been relatively recent in many common law jurisdictions outside the US. A number of jurisdictions have seen recent defamation and privacy law reforms, which have often drawn on, or reacted against, developments elsewhere. This timely book examines topical issues in defamation and privacy law focused on media, journalism and contemporary communication. Aimed at a wide legal audience, it brings together leading and emerging analysts of media law to address current and proposed reforms and the impact of changes in communication environments, and to re-examine basic principles such as harm and free speech. This book will be of interest to all those working on commonwealth or US law, as well as comparative scholars from wider jurisdictions.

Game Faces

Author: Sarah K. Fields
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252098544
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Sports figures cope with a level of celebrity once reserved for the stars of stage and screen. In Game Faces , Sarah K. Fields looks at the legal ramifications of the cases brought by six of them--golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Joe Montana, college football coach Wally Butts, baseball pitchers Warren Spahn and Don Newcombe, and hockey enforcer Tony Twist--when faced with what they considered attacks on their privacy and image. Placing each case in its historical and legal context, Fields examines how sports figures in the U.S. have used the law to regain control of their image. As she shows, decisions in the cases significantly affected the evolution of laws related to privacy, defamation, and publicity--areas pertinent to the lives of the famous sports figure and the non-famous consumer alike. She also tells the stories of why the plaintiffs sought relief in the courts, uncovering motives that delved into the heart of issues separating individual rights from the public's perceived right to know. A fascinating exploration of a still-evolving phenomenon, Game Faces is an essential look at the legal playing fields that influence our enjoyment of sports.

Celebrity and the Law

Author: Patricia Loughlan
Publisher:
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Celebrity and the Law provides an historical and conceptual context for understanding the phenomenon of the celebrity in contemporary society and analyses three areas of law in which celebrity status has a significant impact: the law of passing off, which controls commercial use of the celebrity identity the law of defamation, which protects the celebrityâe(tm)s reputation in the community, and the law of privacy and confidence, which regulates intrusions into and disclosures of information about a celebrityâe(tm)s private life Since celebrity interactions with legal systems are global phenomena, comparisons are made throughout the book between Australian celebrity law and that of other jurisdictions, such as the United States and the United Kingdom in its new European context. The book seeks to explain and analyse how the law has responded and ought further to respond to the phenomenon of celebrity and to the ever-expanding demands of celebrities for extensive legal protection and stringent controls over the unauthorized use of their identities. The analysis in the book acknowledges the sensational and enchanting nature of celebrity and recognises that the celebrity persona is often a valuable cultural and expressive resource which is and ought to be, within reasonable limits, available for public use and public comment. The book never loses sight of the strong public interest in free competition and free speech, and the need to balance celebrity demands with a public sphere of robust and open dialogue, ideas, creativity and debate.

Power publicity and the abuse of libel law

Author: Donald M. Gillmor
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195071924
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America prides itself on its freedom of expression, and it has a reputation for tightly restricted libel law. Indeed, a study of more than 600 media-related suits in the 1980s found that ninety percent were won by the media or thrown out of court before even going to trial. Even a case ending in summary judgment can cost the victorious defendant $25,000 or more, and the bill for a full trial can easily pass $100,000. The volume of libel suits has not diminished and many defendants settle out of court simply to avoid crippling costs. Clearly, writes Donald Gillmor, we are suffering a major crisis in libel law. In Power, Publicity, and the Abuse of Libel Law, Gillmor takes a revealing look at the state of libel law and offers a compelling agenda for change. He begins with a disturbing review of the abuses of libel in our times, examining both famous and little known cases. Wayne Newton, for example, won an initial $22.7 million jury award against NBC for an unflattering story--even though he went on to get a Nevada casino license, a $19 million loan, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was made grand marshal of an Independence Day parade in Washington, DC. "It was not clear," Gillmor writes, "for what NBC was being punished; the network obviously hadn't damaged Newton's reputation." Even tiny papers suffer crippling lawsuits. One 1,300-circulation publication was sued for $20 million; even though the case was dismissed, the defense cost $20,000. Such actions, Gillmor writes, dampen the fire of a free press. Lively journalism has always been an American tradition--if anything, the press was far more reckless in the days of the framers of the constitution; they often suffered its barbs even as they sought to protect it. Today it is almost impossible for the state to prosecute for seditious libel or criticism of government. But civil libel law, Gillmor shows, has taken its place in punishing verbal attacks on government officials, in spite of decisions intended to protect free speech and press (notably New York Times v. Sullivan). He proposes radical structural changes in the law to make it impossible for policymakers and celebrities to sue for libel. At the same time, he appeals to editors to ensure that those they wrong will have opportunities to respond in the media. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote long ago, the remedy to wrongs in the press "is more speech, not enforced silence." "Libel laws have become complicated almost beyond human comprehension," Gillmor writes. "The result is a profusion of libel suits, in which the only clear winners generally are libel lawyers." This provocative and revealing book illuminates a path out of the confusion and toward a safer environment for our cherished birthright, freedom of speech and press.

Information Technology Law

Author: Andrew Murray
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199548422
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The book will also be of interest to students of computer science, IT, IS etc.

Legal and Ethical Issues in the Media

Author: Tim Dwyer
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230392636
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We live in a world of proliferating media devices, social media usage, media convergence and mobility. In a culturally diverse world, the globalisation of media calls for a comparative understanding of the legal and ethical issues that are confronting the user and the practitioner in his unique social context. 'Legal and Ethical Issues in the Media' offers a concise and much-needed discussion of the social issues and ramifications of media interaction around the world. Using different national examples, and an accessible style, Dwyer explores key frameworks and concepts that will engage and challenge the contemporary reader's ideas about media practice. Legal and Ethical Issues in the Media foregrounds the rapidly changing media and communications industries and offers: - Accessible and contemporary discussion of key ethical and legal concepts for the student beginning his or her media career - Overviews of crucial ethical frameworks for understanding responsible media practice - Comparisons of international legal and media systems - Key examples of traditional and new media - Brief summaries of complex areas of media law, regulation and policy