Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


The docudrama, the presentation of real events and real people through the medium of film, has greatly increased in popularity during the past decade. Unfortunately, the effect of the right of publicity on this medium of expression is uncertain. The author examines the right of publicity and its application to the docudrama. The author finds that traditional right of publicity actions are inapplicable to docudramas which are accurate portrayals and suggests a solution to guide television networks through the legal uncertainties.