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Contemporary Intellectual PropertyLaw and Policy

Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (5th edn)

Abbe Brown, Smita Kheria, Jane Cornwell, and Marta Iljadica
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date: 30 September 2022

p. 72618. Control of information, reputation, and intellectual propertylocked

p. 72618. Control of information, reputation, and intellectual propertylocked

  • Abbe Brown, Abbe BrownProfessor in Intellectual Property, University of Aberdeen
  • Smita Kheria, Smita KheriaSenior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Jane CornwellJane CornwellLecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Edinburgh
  •  and Marta IljadicaMarta IljadicaLecturer in Intellectual Property, University of Glasgow

Abstract

This chapter considers the extent to which individuals can and should be able to prevent others referring to them and their activities and, conversely, the extent to which individuals and companies should be able to commercialise and control a reputation that they have built up. The discussions cover the evolving right to personal privacy (through the tort of misuse of private information) and its base in human rights, particularly in respect of photographs; obtaining and dealing with trade marks in respect of well-known personalities; the relationship between passing off and endorsement and merchandising; and the extent to which individuals and businesses can and do control the use of their image through endorsement and sponsorship. The chapter also considers data protection, as well as the balancing of privacy and freedom of expression.

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