Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gawker Should Be Imprisoned Forever has this statement on their website's front page:

"Gawker Should Be Imprisoned Forever, Says Everyone Except Lawyers" Gawker Should Be Imprisoned Forever, Says Everyone Except Lawyers By email, by telephone and by cable television comes a consistent message for Gawker: We should all be woken in the middle of the night, hauled off to jail, and locked away maybe forever for publishing some of Sarah Palin's emails, including her daughter Bristol's phone number and husband's previously-known email address. Some people would also like us shot, because God only knows the terrible things that can be done to someone with email addresses and phone numbers.

Well, I am not a lawyer, but this is what the Privacy laws of the United States say.

Privacy laws of the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Tort law

United States privacy laws embody several different legal concepts. One is the invasion of privacy, a tort based in common law allowing an aggrieved party to bring a lawsuit against an individual who unlawfully intrudes into his or her private affairs, discloses his or her private information, publicizes him or her in a false light, or appropriates his or her name for personal gain.[1] Public figures have less privacy, and this is an evolving area of law as it relates to the media.
The right to privacy include individuals' Constitutional rights against the government. These includes the Fourth Amendment right to be free of unwarranted search or seizure, the First Amendment right to free assembly, and the Fourteenth amendment due process right, recognized by the Supreme Court as protecting a general right to privacy within family, marriage, motherhood, procreation, and child rearing.[2]

Invasion of privacy tort law

Invasion of privacy is a commonly used cause of action in legal pleadings. In the United States, the development of the doctrine regarding this tort was largely spurred by an 1890 Harvard Law Review article written by Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis on The Right of Privacy. Modern tort law includes four categories of invasion of privacy:[3]

1. Intrusion of solitude - physical or electronic intrusion into one's private quarters.
2. Public disclosure of private facts – the dissemination of truthful private information which a reasonable person would find objectionable
3. False light - the publication of facts which place a person in a false light, even though the facts themselves may not be defamatory.
4. Appropriation – the unauthorized use of a person's name or likeness to obtain some benefits.

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