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A Student’s View: My Viral Video

Viral VideoAva Jokich, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2013 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: You create and post a video on YouTube. The video goes viral and a staffer on Saturday Night Live happens to see the video. She convinces her colleagues at SNL to do a skit spoofing your video. Do you have any rights regarding the video? Can you stop SNL from making fun of your video?

If I posted a video on YouTube, I would have…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments , Privacy
  • Feb 18, 2014

How Long is Too Long?

 

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Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Right of Publicity , Video
  • Jan 27, 2014

How Long is Too Long?

Use it or lose it. This rule applies to so many aspects of life including lawsuits. You must timely act upon a right to sue or forever lose your right to sue. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.

A statute of limitation sets the maximum amount of time that can pass after an event before a lawsuit is time barred. Most statutes of limitation are tied to the last date an event occurred. For example, the last day to file a breach of written contract lawsuit in California…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Right of Publicity
  • Jan 21, 2014

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