Public Figurehood in the Digital Age

17 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2011 Last revised: 25 Aug 2011

Date Written: August 22, 2011


The concept of "public figurehood" has been explored most extensively in the context of defamation law. We argue that profound changes in the media have rendered much of the existing law obsolete. We do not develop an entirely new standard, however, but update an earlier framework by Justice Brennan.

Keywords: defamation law, public figurehood

Suggested Citation

Shemtob, Zachary Baron and Lat, David, Public Figurehood in the Digital Age (August 22, 2011). Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Zachary Baron Shemtob

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David Lat (Contact Author)

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