Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover
New Media and Technology Law
APRIL 1, 2016
For those authors who have struggled to find a publisher or who would otherwise prefer to keep control of their IP rights in their books, there are many such businesses. But what happens when a self-published book offered for sale contains content that may violate a third-party’s right of publicity or privacy rights? The alleged privacy violations were aggravated when the book was displayed in nationwide media, including in jokes on some late night TV talk shows.