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The Face That Launched a Thousand Lawsuits: The American Women Who Forged a Right to Privacy

Jessica Lake


The advent of the photographic and cinematic camera in the mid to late 19th century caused new harms to individuals (particularly women), which existing laws (copyright, defamation, trespass) were inadequate to address. This book demonstrates that women forged a ‘right to privacy’ in the United States by bringing lawsuits claiming control and ownership over filmed images (still and moving) of their faces, bodies and narratives. At a time when they still lacked civil and political rights, women employed ‘a right to privacy’ to prevent themselves being reduced to nameless ‘pretty’ objects; to pr ... More

Keywords: Privacy, Law, Women, Rights, Photography, Cinema, History, Publicity, Images, Pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300214222
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Lake, author
Amherst College, Massachusetts