Faculty Pub Night: Jennifer Rothman

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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The fifth Faculty Pub Night of the 2020-2021 season features Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law. Rothman will discuss her recent publication, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.

To register for this event: https://lmula.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6dLKSliFSgG3Svqqp8-trA

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2020-2021 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

About the Author's Work:

In The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, published by Harvard University Press, Professor Jennifer E. Rothman considers the question of who controls how one’s identity is used by others. This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the Internet age. Rothman turns tothe right of publicity—a little-known law, often wielded by celebrities—to answer that question, not just for the famous but for everyone. In the book, Rothman contends that the right got off track when it transformed from a personal right, rooted in the individual into a powerful intellectual property right, external to the person, that can besold or taken by others .This has led the right of publicity to lose its way―suppressing speech, blocking otherwise lawful uses of copyrighted works, forcing commercialization of the dead, and stripping people of ownership of their own identities. But this need not be so. The right of publicity has an important and powerful core insight that originated with the right of privacy―that we should have some control over how others use our names and likenesses. Rothmanprovides guidance for how to savethe right of publicity from itself, and in the process reclaim privacy for the digital age.

The book has already been influential in the field, and received glowing reviews. It has been described asthe “definitive biography of the right of publicity,” “indispensable,” and“required reading.”

About the Author: 

Jennifer E. Rothman is the William G. Coskran Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She isan elected member of the American Law Institute, and an adviser on the RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW (THIRD) OF TORTS:DEFAMATION AND PRIVACY. She is also an affiliated fellow at the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She is the 2019-2020 recipient of the David P. Leonard Faculty Service Award for outstanding teaching and service.

Professor Rothman is nationally recognized for her scholarship in the intellectual property field, and is the leading expert on the right of publicity. Her scholarship regularly appears in top law reviews, most recently in the Yale Law Journal. Her book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, was published by Harvard University Press. The book has been described asthe “definitive biography of the right of publicity.” She also created Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity, www.rightofpublicityroadmap.com, the go-to-website for right-of-publicity questionsand commentary.

Rothman received her A.B. from Princeton University where she received the Asher Hinds Book Prize and the Grace May Tilton Prize. Rothman received her J.D. from UCLA, where she graduated first in her class and won the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award for her scholarship. Rothman served as law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced as an entertainment and intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella before starting her academic career at Washington University in St. Louis.

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

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