Ep #8 Hollywood and Whine- IP and the Right of Publicity

  • Ep #8 Hollywood and Whine- IP and the Right of Publicity

    This week on IP Goes Pop!, Founding Shareholder of Volpe Koenig and intellectual property attorney Tony Volpe joins Michael Snyder to talk about the Right of Publicity. Whether it’s protecting your image or even your voice, how has the legal landscape changed in the age of technology and “going viral”?

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In this episode, Michael and Tony discuss how the Right of Publicity has manifested within different aspects of pop culture and key cases that have shaped the intellectual property rights protecting one’s likeness across mediums.


01:53 Introduction to the Right of Publicity

03:20 “What is the value of the Right Of Publicity?”

08:19 Historical Right of Publicity

Roberson v. Rochester Folding Box Co., 171 N.Y. 538, 64 N.E. 442 (1902)

11:19 How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces (Gizmodo, 10/25/18)

16:13 Newsworthy versus Private Rights

Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co., 433 U.S. 562 (1977)

20:56 The Character versus the Individual

Lugosi v. Universal Pictures, Supreme Court of California, 603 P.2d 425 (1979)

28:01 Art v. Law

Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994 (2d Cir. 1989)

30:28 The “Sound-Alike” Cases

33:29 Robots! Why Is It Always Robots?!?

33:41 White v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 971 F.2d 1395 (9th Cir. 1992)

35:01 Hollywood Weddings (but in England)

  Douglas and Zeta-Jones v Hello! Ltd

37:54  Carson v. Here's Johnny Portable Toilets, Inc., 698 F.2d 831 (1983)




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