Re: Rights of Publicity, Privacy, defamation?

From: Scott Carle <sacarle[_at_]>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 15:20:06 -0500

On Wed Sep 11, 1996 Andrew Boer <aboer[_at_]> wrote:
> 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?

I do not pretend to know the law but I would believe that in order to publish work relating to an individual etc. you would need to get that person or the owner's permission (in the case of a business etc. ). I know from experience that many do not because it is thought that the people would enjoy the publicity but personally I avoid all cameras for just that reason. If someone isn't going to ask my permission then they aren't going to take the photo.

$.02 inserted into coin slot.

Scott Carle
- Received on Thu Sep 12 1996 - 20:32:15 GMT

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