What the First Amendment really protects
Regarding Mayor Mick Ireland’s comments on First Amendment defenders (“Goldie Hawn: ‘Paparazzi have shooed us out,'” Jan 3):
Freedom of the press ensures that information essential to the welfare of the public is not obstructed. Should stalking or harassing a person because they have chosen a high profile career in the arts, and subsequently selling their image solely for monetary gain really be protected under the First Amendment? Photographs of celebrities in a personal context is not news, it’s entertainment.
Why these mercenary photographers are entitled to ownership of a persons’ image when the photograph was taken clandestinely and lacks legitimate news value is something that should be questioned ” not just to protect the famous, but for ordinary citizens living in a time when our privacy is becoming more and more compromised.
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