PRIVACY: The Right to Be Let Alone by

PRIVACY: The Right to Be Let Alone

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This is the first of a series of topical law books for the educated layman to be edited by Ernst and Schwartz. The first question to which the lawyers have addressed themselves is the most subtle product of civilized jurisprudence, Privacy -- the Right, if you will, to Be Let Alone. The concept that there was something wrong with revealing to the ""public gaze"" ...""something unique about an individual -- his face, his name, or even his dog's likeness"" has its roots in 18th Century English common law; and, in each of the cases examined by the lawyers (the most famous involved letters exchanged between Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope) the question was not so much invasion of privacy as it was stealing of property. The ""Plymouth Rock"" of privacy privacy, and the authority to which almost all cases on the subject have referred, is the famous Warren and Brandeis article which appeared in the Harvard Law Review in December of 1890. The protection afforded by the ideas expounded herein was a step ahead but, it is contended in the preface, the conception has not kept pace with newer electronic gadgetry. Other cases covered: Robertson v. Rochester Folding Box (a picture of a young lady named Abigail was nationally distributed, without family consent, under the motto ""Flour of the Family""), the litigation involving child prodigy William Sidis (is a retired, once famous recluse still in the public domain?); Serge Koussevitzky v. Allen; Ben Hogan v. A Barne & Company. Enlightening, consistently entertaining.

Pub Date: Nov. 26th, 1962
Publisher: Macmillan