Yesterday, I watched an episode from a TV program that followed the exploits of a fictional law firm. In that episode, the “young-hero attorneys” represented a client who had been defamed by a movie that was made about him. Unfortunately, because the client had a public persona he could not hope to successfully sue for defamation, unless he could prove that the movie producers had acted maliciously when they depicted him in a false light. Because malice is extremely difficult to prove, it’s virtually impossible for anyone who is even a little bit famous (has a public persona) to sue for defamation.
But, as always–the young-hero attorneys had another trick up their sleeve–they’d sue the movie producers under their client’s “right of publicity“.
“Right of publicity”? What th’ heck is that? I’d never heard of it before. But the “bells” went off instantly and I felt compelled to research that subject. I didn’t know what “right of publicity” meant, but I was instantly compelled by the Good LORD or intuition to do more research.