Saturday, February 02, 2013

ABC 20-20 covers paparazzi chasing kids of celebrities: implications for "average" people?


On Friday night, ABC 20-20 presented a report on the way paparazzi “stalk” and take pictures of celebrities’ children in public places.

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The report indicated that the practice is legal in the United States “under the First Amendment” but not in most European countries.

Several stars, including Julia Roberts and Ben Affleck, were shown as rebuffing photographers in public places, especially near schools.  And at least one star’s little boy kept screaming, “Stop taking pictures”.
  
It would seem that schools would be in a position to prohibit photography on or very near their premises.
   
“Unauthorized” photography of ordinary people, while legal in the US, has become more controversial in the past two years or so because of reports that people have been fired from jobs because of pictures others have taken of them (as in bars) and posted on the Internet.  It sounds like a major political or legal controversy over this point is on the horizon.  I’ve covered it on my main blog.  How much does it matter whether the subject is a private or public person?

In common life, there are many motives for taking pictures; but for paparazzi, it's just money -- how much do they get per shot?

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