Mugshot sites sued

David Kravets, at Wired: "An Ohio man who found his police booking photo on several privately run mugshot websites is suing those sites under a novel legal theory: that the mugshot publishing industry is violating his right of publicity". Here's more at NPR. [Thanks, Jemma Hostetler]

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  1. “Phil Kaplan, a 34-year-old freelance graphic artist charged in 2011 for failure to disperse from a party a few doors from his Toledo residence, said his mug appeared on and mugshotsonline, which he said charge hundreds to get a photo removed. He refused to pay.”

    Maybe “” would be a better name.

  2. You don’t need a photo release to use someone’s photo for journalism or art.
    You do need a photo release to use someone’s photo for trade or advertising.This is pretty obviously the latter not the former.

  3. The sheer number of sleazy outfits online continues to shock me. This is despite the fact that I already find most of the human race utterly despicable.

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