Is it legal for a news article to quote you from an online obituary without your permission?

My friend passed away recently and I posted my condolences on an online obituary. A news article picked it up and quoted me within the article, using my first and last name. I don’t mind that they quoted me but I really don’t want my first and last name on a news article. Is it within my legal rights to ask them to at least take my name off the article?

You can ask, they have no requirement to listen. Your information is posted publicly, they have a right to access that information and publish it. That’s what newspapers do, find information and publish it.

Post Author: mark

3 thoughts on “Is it legal for a news article to quote you from an online obituary without your permission?

    Quizzard

    (January 10, 2010 - 11:23 pm)

    You can ask, they have no requirement to listen. Your information is posted publicly, they have a right to access that information and publish it. That’s what newspapers do, find information and publish it.
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    Lisa

    (January 10, 2010 - 11:30 pm)

    If it is considered "newsworthy" they don’t need your permission. But that is slightly subjective.
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    5150

    (January 11, 2010 - 12:02 am)

    Things posted to the internet are available to the public. If they credited you, they were within their scope of responsible reporting.
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