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A quick definition of Publicity:

The right of publicity is a law that stops people from using someone's name, picture, or other things that make them recognizable without their permission. This law gives people the power to decide if they want to let others use their identity for advertising or other commercial purposes. In the United States, this law is mostly protected by state laws, and some states also protect it as part of the Right of Privacy. If someone uses another person's identity without permission, they can be sued for unfair competition or misappropriation. If someone's identity is a trademark, they can also be protected by Federal law.

A more thorough explanation:

Definition: The right of publicity is a legal concept that protects an individual's name, image, or other recognizable aspects of their identity from unauthorized commercial use. It gives the person the exclusive right to license the use of their identity for commercial promotion.

In the United States, the right of publicity is mostly protected by state common or statutory law. Some states recognize it as part of the Right of Privacy. The Restatement Second of Torts recognizes four types of invasions of privacy: intrusion, appropriation of name or likeness, unreasonable publicity, and false light.

Examples: If a company uses a celebrity's image to promote their product without the celebrity's permission, it could be a violation of the right of publicity. Similarly, if a company uses a person's name or likeness to falsely suggest that they endorse the product, it could also be a violation of the right of publicity.

For instance, if a clothing company uses a picture of a famous athlete wearing their clothes without their permission, it could be a violation of the athlete's right of publicity. Another example is if a company uses a picture of a person on their website to suggest that the person endorses their product, even though they have never used it.

These examples illustrate how the right of publicity protects an individual's identity from unauthorized commercial use. It gives them the exclusive right to control how their name, image, or other recognizable aspects of their identity are used for commercial purposes.

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i've heard great things about UVA! I visited upenn and hated it so much / felt so uncomfy there and the starbucks by campus got robbed while i was there waiting for my tour to start lol
@OptimisticOutlier That sounds terrible, I'm sorry you had to experience that lol. Can I ask what made you feel uncomfortable? Like the sketchy vibes of the city or like the camp\us itself etc.?
penn is in a nice area
right next to drexel
it was campus itself, honestly i can't explain what it actually is. I felt the same way when I was touring schools for undergrad, pretty much pulled up to upenn and told my mom i knew i didn't like it and didn't need to take the tour lol
would argue with the nice area piece lol i think all of philly is kinda scary, someone pulled a gun on my team while we were down for a football game at upenn and walking around at night
but that said, i'm pretty happy i moved to pa after school and i know lots of people love upenn!
dear god is that sketchy
definetly safer than how its being described
people are absolutely crwzy
yeah yeah will 10000% agree i've had like bad outlier experiences lol
u are the optimistic outlier after all
how do i tell my boss im quitting and need to take off on monday (visiting ND on monday to meet with dean and check the vibes, was gonna put in my 2 weeks regardless
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believe it or not i didn’t miss any calls
Lol all of philly is a dumpster fire
Yet i am moving there for law school in 14 days lol
@OptimisticOutlier: congratulations!!!
I live in that area. It isn't bad at all
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