Rights of Publicity, Privacy, defamation?

From: Andrew Boer <aboer[_at_]concentric.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 23:00:12 -0400 (EDT)

I was wondering, in the case of (I believe his name is Stephen Mann) the MIT student who wears a camera on his head and posts photos from it to the web, does this violate anyone's right of privacy or IP rights of publicity?

Similarly, if I were to buy a digital camera and keep an online description of the day's events and take photographs of ordinary people I met (A sort of Online "Let us now praise famous men"), and put them on the web along with my journalistic take on them, ie.:

"Outside the Blue Note Bar (inset photo) A family of women (Mother, daughter, infant) waited for this well dressed man to emerge, bottle in hand. "Do you know who this is?" Mother asks daughter. "Its your father." Smiles all around. (inset photo).

Could I be sued for this, assuming the events were true?

And what about the case of "This is the Armenian Consulate (inset photo) which happens to have John Doe's picture in it. Does this violate John Doe's privacy or IP rights?

Andrew Boer
<aboer[_at_]concentric.net> Received on Thu Sep 12 1996 - 03:08:13 GMT

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