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Sidis v F-R Publishing

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Citation Edit

Sidis v. FR Publishing Corp., 113 F.2d 806 (2d Cir. 1940), cert. denied. 311 U.S. 711 (1940) (full-text).

Factual Background Edit

The plaintiff was a former child prodigy. He wished to spend his adult life quietly, without recognition; however, this was disrupted by an article in The New Yorker magazine. He sued, inter alia, for invasion of privacy.

Appellate Court Proceedings Edit

The court held that there were limits on the right to control one's life and facts about oneself. It held that there was social value in published facts, and that a person cannot ignore their celebrity status merely because they want to.

None of the cited rulings goes so far as to prevent a newspaper or magazine from publishing the truth about a person, however intimate, revealing, or harmful the truth may be.

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