Right of publicity and related laws protect against unauthorized uses of a person’s identity, including name, likeness, and voice. The boundaries of these claim vary widely from state to state, and from country to country. Use Rothman’s "Roadmap to the Right of Publicity" to see an overview of laws protecting an individual’s identity from being used by others without permission.

Right of Publicity State-by-State

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News & Analysis

House Hearing on AI Takes Seriously the Dangers of Transferring Rights to a Person’s Voice and Likeness
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Last Friday, February 2nd, the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet considered what, if anything, to do about AI and the unauthorized use of a person's voice and likeness.  The hearing was held in Los Angeles to coincide with Grammys...
House’s Draft AI Bill Risks Loss of Control over Our Own Voices and Likenesses
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***UPDATED TO REFLECT INTRODUCTION TO CONGRESS On January 9, 2024, Representative Maria Salazar circulated a draft of a bill to address voice and likeness rights in the context of AI. The bill is titled “No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act...
House Releases Draft Legislation Targeting AI
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Earlier this week, Representative Maria Salazar circulated a discussion draft of a bill to provide federal "property rights in likeness and voice" to combat concerns over AI-generated replicas of recording artists' and actors' performances. This continues the recent interest in Congress of tackling...

About Jennifer E. Rothman

Jennifer E. Rothman

Jennifer E. Rothman is the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

The Book

Privacy Reimagined For A Public World

THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

This book from Harvard University Press by Professor Jennifer Rothman traces the history and development of the right of publicity and its current collision course with individual liberty, free speech and copyright law.