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Invasion of Privacy

Court rules that school's sale of a recorded school play does not invade students' privacy.

Key point 4-04. Many states recognize "invasion of privacy" as a basis for liability. Invasion of privacy may consist of any one or more the following: (1) public disclosure of private facts; (2) use of another person's name or likeness; (3) placing someone in a "false light" in the public eye; or (4) intruding upon another's seclusion.

A New Jersey court ruled that a school that sold videos of a student play did not invade the privacy of the students. A private school provided education for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. At the beginning of each school year, the parents executed and submitted forms to the school consenting to the videotaping, photographing or sound recording of their children "in classroom, playground, auditorium activities and productions." The form provided in part that "this consent is given with the knowledge that these might appear in the media or be ...

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  • March 1, 2010

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