Security and privacy is a major issue these days, especially among celebrities
who face constant harassment by
paparazzi. That is why a number of celebrities, empowered by social media, are fighting
back in an effort to protect not only their personal privacy, but also
the privacy of their children. Many have taken to using the term “stalkerazzi”
to describe aggressive photographers who overstep their boundaries.
Actresses Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, and Kristen Bell are among those
at the forefront of the celebrity backlash, describing their experiences
with photographers that provoked, shouted at, stalked, and chased their
children to get photos. Bell and her husband, actor Dax Shepard, recently
started a Twitter campaign called the #NoKidsPolicy, encouraging media
outlets to agree not to publish photos of a celebrity’s children
without the consent of their parents. So far, a number of prominent television
shows and publications have showed their support, including
Access Hollywood, and more.
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What Exactly are a Photographer’s Rights?
The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees the right of freedom
of the press, but many irresponsible journalists are being accused of
misusing this freedom at the expense of the security and privacy of others.
While photographers are allowed to photograph people in public places in
the state of California, they can face civil or criminal charges if their
attempts to take photos demonstrate a gross disregard for a person’s
privacy or safety. If a paparazzi photographer uses aggressive tactics to get a photo, they
could face criminal charges for any of the following crimes:
This past January, celebrity backlash against paparazzi has led to the
passage of a new anti-paparazzi law, which makes it a crime, punishable
by a $10,000 fine and a year in jail, for anyone to harass a celebrity’s
child in an attempt to get a photo. This law applies even if the act occurs
in a public place. Two other similar laws are also on the books.
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