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A Student's View: A Picture of a Famous Actress

Lauren Herr, Picture Famous ActressLauren Herr, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2012 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the question: “You see a famous actress sitting on a barstool in an airport bar and you take a picture of her without her knowledge. Later, when you look at the picture, you notice that she was not wearing underwear. Can you sell the picture?”


I don’t think anyone should be able…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion
  • Dec 30, 2012

Video Post: An Embarrassed Stripper and Bashful Lovers

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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 , Video
  • Dec 16, 2012

An Embarrassed Stripper and Bashful Lovers

Embarrassed Stripper Bashful LoversIn the Case of the Embarrassed Stripper (Puckett v. American Broadcasting Companies), Tammy Puckett sued ABC after her image appeared in a news segment about the illegal activities of several people associated with the Continental Club, a strip club in Knox County, Tennessee.

ABC’s news magazine program “20/20” ran a story about the former manager of the Continental Club who had been convicted of crimes related to a contract murder ring. Puckett was a stripper at the club and,…

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  • Privacy - False Light , Privacy - Private Facts
  • Dec 09, 2012

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