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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 - Private Facts , Video
  • Oct 17, 2012

Private Facts – Protecting Your Secrets

Everyone has secrets. Stated the way a court would describe the same thing - everyone has facts that they don’t want the public to know. Within the law of privacy the Courts recognize that some secrets deserve protection and provide a remedy for the publication of private facts.

To prevail on a claim for the disclosure of private facts a plaintiff must prove that a private fact, not of legitimate concern, has been communicated to the public and the publication is highly offensive to…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Private Facts
  • Oct 08, 2012

Another Student’s View of How to Deal with Lies on Facebook

Jonathan Williams, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2012 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the question “Your ex girlfriend posted lies about you on Facebook, what can and/or should you do?”

If an ex were to post lies on Facebook, one can take many different steps. Probably, the most logical step would be to counter the lies by either commenting on the post with the truth or in some way disprove the lies in…

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  • Defamation , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 30, 2012

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