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False Light and the Photogenic Flasher


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
  • May 28, 2013

False Light and the Photogenic Flasher

Photogenic FlasherThe case of the photogenic flasher (Barnhart vs. Paisano Publications) addressed the regrets of Tonya Barnhart. Ms. Barnhart was a 29-year-old retail clerk who went to Toop’s Troops Second Annual Pig Roast, a fundraising event attended by motorcycle enthusiasts. As the night wore on and the alcohol flowed freely, Tonya Barnhart traded her dignity for a string of plastic beads.

Yes friends, Tonya Barnhart was swept up by the Mardi Gras atmosphere of the pig roast and, in a moment of exuberance, flashed her breasts. In the crowd was Bill…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - False Light
  • Apr 14, 2013

Another Student’s View: A Photo of a Famous Actress and Me

Janise Marvin, Photo Famous Actress MeJanise Marvin, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Spring 2013 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the question: “While attending a private party a famous actress stops by to say hello to the hostess. Several people take photographs of the actress with you in the background. Do you have any rights relating to the publication of the photos?”

My freshman year of college, I got a notification that…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Apr 07, 2013

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