Right to publicity laws protect a person’s privacy interests, limiting how their name, image and likeness can be used for commercial purposes. Expanding the laws may impede journalistic and artistic freedom.
Given our current political climate we’d be wise not to take the protections afforded by the First Amendment for granted and to protest unconstitutional government action, as The Slants have successfully just done.
The Supreme Court will hear Lee v. Tam, a case involving a band that considers the rejection of its band name, The Slants, a free speech issue.
The drafted legislation would allow copyright owners to avoid costly federal lawsuits when protecting intellectual property.
A claim of copyright infringement attempts to shut down a show about the silencing of women.