Is a Selfie Worth a Thousand Words? The Right to Protection of One's Image from a Belgian Perspective
Thomson Reuters UK Limited, trading as Sweet & Maxwell, 5 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AQ, The Entertainment Law Review (2017) Ent. L. R. 1–28
6 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017
Date Written: 2017
This article provides a general introduction to image rights, also called right to one’s own image, portrait rights or right of self image and portrait. It gives a definition of image rights and analyzes their history and legal basis. It tackles some of the issues derived from uploading a selfie to social media networks and attempts to answer the following questions: Who can be the author of a selfie? What if the selfie depicts more than one individual? What are the legal consequences of the so-called “group selfies” or “groupies”?
Keywords: Belgium; Consent; Copyright; Image rights; Portrait rights; Photographs; Social media; Right to One's Image
JEL Classification: K33, K39
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