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A Student's View: My Picture is Part of a National Advertising Campaign

National Advertisting CampaignAnne Di Grazia, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2012 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the question: “While walking on the Promenade in Santa Monica an energy drink company gives you a free sample of their newest flavor. An employee of the company snaps a photo of you trying the drink. Several months later that picture is used as a part of a national ad campaign without your permission. Do you have…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments , Privacy , Privacy - Right of Publicity
  • Feb 03, 2013

Video Post: False Light - Letting it all Hang Out


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 - False Light , Video
  • Jan 27, 2013

False Light – Letting it all Hang Out

Girls, women – do you have a muffin top? Guys, that’s the roll of fat that spills over a woman’s jeans that make her look like a muffin. Or, more accurately, when her waist looks like the top of a muffin.

Women, do you like to be told that you have a muffin top? If you said “yes,” that would be a first for me. Most women I know would find the comment to be highly offensive (especially if they have a muffin top). Their…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - False Light
  • Jan 13, 2013

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