Playing Away from Home: Sportspeople, Privacy and the Law
Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal, Vol.6, pp. 35-62, 2011
27 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 2012
The private lives of sportspeople are of considerable interest to many media outlets and their audiences, yet sportspeople may not always be able to protect their privacy adequately by legal means. Focusing on Australian and United Kingdom law, this article examines how sportspeople can indirectly protect their privacy through defamation law. It also examines how breach of confidence and the proposed introduction of a statutory cause of action for invasion of privacy in Australia. Finally, it analyses the recent cases of Terry v Persons Unknown  EWHC 119 (QB) and ‘the St Kilda schoolgirl scandal’ to explore the legal and practical difficulties sportspeople confront in protecting their privacy and managing their image.
Keywords: Media law, Sports law, Sportspeople, Australia, United Kingdom, Defamation, Reputation, Breach of confidence, Law reform
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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