Research in a Nutshell: Publicity Rights

Gillian Black: Publicity rights

Gillian Black is a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Law School.

From Dr Black’s homepage:

'My teaching and research interests include contract law, commercial law, data protection and IP. I am currently researching the area of personality rights in the UK, focusing on publicity rights for celebrities and private individuals. In particular, my research examines the border between publicity and privacy - can a celebrity commercially exploit publicity while claiming privacy protection? What is the legal basis for protection and promotion of publicity rights? Importantly, should such rights be restricted to celebrities or available to all? My research draws from cases such as Campbell v MGN; Douglas v Hello!; and Irvine v Talksport; as well as empirical and academic work.

In addition to my work on publicity, I am engaged in research in the fields of data protection, e-commerce, consumer protection and contract law. I would welcome PhD applications from students who wish to research publicity, privacy or e-commerce.'

In this video Gillian discusses the importance of publicity rights and image for celebrities, and explains the ways in which image and reputation can be exploited.

Related postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School

LLM in Commercial Law

LLM in Intellectual Property Law