Regarding paparazzis

This is one thing that I don’t like on how complex our world and laws have become. So you have all these paparazzi stalking celebrities at each step they make, and when the celebrities try to fight back they get sued. This shows how crazy our society and laws are, how fighting for your own freedom can get you to trouble. Yes, there is a law that says that if you are outside your home, anyone can take your picture. But it’s a different thing taking a random picture of a buzzy street in London, and another stalking a person and taking 100 pictures of him/her alone.

Paparazzi are stalkers, end of story. And as they have the freedom of snapping 1-2 pictures of you, they should not be allowed to literally follow you wherever you go like leeches. Their freedom should end where the other guy’s freedom starts. There are laws to protect paparazzi from assaults, but where are the laws to protect the celebrities from them?

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mikesum32 wrote on April 27th, 2007 at 6:58 AM PST:

Celebrities use people with camera to promote themselves or their latest crappy movie and to make money (Tom Cruise’s baby pictures). It’s only fair that the reverse is true. Turnabout is fair play.


memson wrote on April 27th, 2007 at 9:04 AM PST:

Ahno, you misunderstand Mikesum32. The celebs in question, usually “up and coming” stars or those trying to revitalise their careers, use the paparazzi. They have their publicist “slip” their whereabouts. The “accidentally” do things that then draw attention to them. The use the paparazzi. The problem is that this type of behaviour gives presedence for the paparazzi to act like that all the time. There’s a lot of easy money to be made, so they take risks.


Luis wrote on April 27th, 2007 at 11:31 AM PST:

Yes, I agree it’s a crazy situation, but I also agree with above posters.

In Spain the law says that you can take a picture of a public person in a public place during a public act (or at least that’s what it said 12 years ago when I studied law). So in theory, you can’t take pictures of a famous person on the street if he/she’s just doing something private (shopping, picking up the kids from school, etc…) So why does this happen all the time? Basically because a judge will allow each person to set his own limit on his privacy. That is, if a person allows paparazzi to take pics of him/her once because it’s good for promoting himself, then he won’t be able to sue them when they take pictures again and he doesn’t like it.

Since most celebrities “use” paparazzi in the beginning when they are trying to become famous, then they can’t stop it.

But yes, the situation is crazy and I guess we’re all to blame since society also demand those kind of pictures.


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Eugenia wrote on April 27th, 2007 at 6:59 AM PST:

There is a difference between hiring someone to do some photography for you after giving them your consent via a contract or a verbal agreement, or while at a promotional event, and another to get chased down the alleys like a dog.


Richard wrote on April 28th, 2007 at 9:21 AM PST:

Just get a decent water-gun and defend yourself, that’s all it takes. ;-)

And nobody gets hurt. :-D


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