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A Student's View: What Not to Wear

Kara Jensen, Pepperdine student

Kara Jensen, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Fall 2013 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: A freelance photographer snaps your picture while you are in front of the Malibu movie theatre. Two months later your picture appears in a new fashion magazine devoted to “what not to wear.” Your photo is featured as the top example of “don’t dress like this.” Should you have any remedies against the photographer? The magazine?

If my picture was…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments , Privacy , Privacy - False Light , Privacy - Right of Publicity
  • Jan 13, 2014

The Value of Everlasting Fame


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 02, 2014

The Value of Everlasting Fame

Everlasting FameDuring their lifetime a person can achieve frame from rare ability, dumb luck or a combination of the two. Only a fraction of those individuals who become famous during their lifetime have mass appeal after their death.  These actors, athletes and celebrities have achieved the rarest kind of fame - everlasting fame. There is a value to that fame.

According to Forbes magazine, five dead celebrities earned big bucks in 2012. In first place was Elizabeth Taylor, who died in 2011, but earned $210 million last year. Next was Michael…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Right of Publicity
  • Dec 09, 2013

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