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    Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Just seen the below video of Britney going home after a court date. Now I don't really care about her or anything but I can't believe the mobbing from photographers she gets on a daily basis. Surely there are some privicy laws against this kind of harassment?

    This video is rather shocking!

    Brit Heads Home, No Ruling by Judge - Brightcove

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    It's because of her human leg.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Hmm don't think theres laws against being photographed by journalist as a celebrity in the public, now if it was like that AT her house that would be a different story...

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!!!

    actually, she should just go bjork on their asses

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    It's a public place so not much they can do about it. Maybe the police could move the big group of photographers out of the road as they're causing an obstruction, but that's about it.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Why is she driving her own car? She has the money to hire a professional for this kind of thing...

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Maybe she enjoys driving?

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Well, in the UK I'm pretty sure you can arrest the photographers for obstructing the queen's highway as soon as they start blocking the flow of traffic.

    Other than that, it's the unfortunate price of fame, she chose to make all that money by putting herself into the public eye, she has to live with the consequences.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    Maybe she enjoys driving?


    Good for her, but this is what will happen if she chooses to drive herself to such a publicized event.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    If only Chris Crocker was there. He would of sorted them out

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Meh. I should care less. She gets rewarded quite handsomely for the inconvenience tbh. She must have known what she was getting herself into when she went into show business. It's not really as if it's a new phenomenon.
    She "earns" an obscene amount of money because she is famous. That comes at a personal cost. She can't have it both ways.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    She should just drive over them.... then reverse to check of they are ok

    Its ridiculas that they do that... people need to get a life I mean seriously the reason this all happens is because people have to know all about them and what they do. Its none of your business so get on with your own lives.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Betty_Swallocks View Post
    Meh. I should care less. She gets rewarded quite handsomely for the inconvenience tbh. She must have known what she was getting herself into when she went into show business. It's not really as if it's a new phenomenon.
    She "earns" an obscene amount of money because she is famous. That comes at a personal cost. She can't have it both ways.
    That's not a justification for total free reign to the press, though. If it were, it could be used as a justification for hiding a camera in a celeb's bedroom, or for publishing their bank statements, or .... any of a whole long list of obnoxious abuses.

    Are there laws protecting celeb's? Yes. But what they are and how much protection they get varies from country to country.

    Celebs have the same rights to protection from assault, for instance, as the rest of us. And remember, you don't have to actually touch someone for it to be assault.

    More directly, there are limitations on invasion of privacy, but it's not a black and white issue. To a point, but ONLY to a point, Betty's remark about celeb's inviting press attention is justified. There's a line, but where it is varies a lot. In the UK, it's certainly more in the celebs's favour than it used to be, and they have protection from intrusion under the rights to privacy protection in the Human Rights Act. But a lot depends on the expectation of privacy. Walking down the street is a very different situation from a long-telephoto shot, from the street, into your home or garden. Similarly, the Data Protection Act gives some protection.

    But, until a fairly recent court ruling, protection in Germany was fairly weak. By contrast, French law gives more protection. On the other hand, the US First Amendment gives VERY broad freedom of speech rights. And the UK has very laws that can help, in some but by no means all circumstances, no no Privacy Act as such.

    Oh, and coming back to the "they asked for it" point ..... celeb's react very differently to the media. Some (the Beckhams come to mind) seem to court the publicity at every step IF it suits their purpose. Others (Kate Bush was mentioned in another thread and is a good example) are VERY protective of their privacy and have even been called "reclusive" and "eccentric" by the press because, while their job or talents may put them in the public eye, they want a private life for themselves, and especially for their family and kids.

    So .... does a pop or rock star have to accept that being successful or famous gives the press free reign to totally invade their lives? I think not. These people provide a service (music, acting, whatever) but just because they appear on stage or in front of a camera doesn't mean we have a right to know every personal detail of their lives. If, on the other hand, they court the cameras at every turn, they open the door to invasion .... at least to some degree.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    I was going to say the same kind of thing.

    I don't like the "they are celebs so they get what they signed up for" argument. I just don't think its fair, nor right, but I cant be arsed explaining why.

    I think there are hardly any laws to protect these people. I think there will be eventually, but not for a long time, and I think it might take some very extreme things to prompt the laws. Bjork going ape and smacking some rude reporter isn't going to cut it. Britney or somebody writing a suicide note about this, and then going out in an enormous firey rage... might start the ball rolling. Although even then, I don't think most people care - so it might take a few major burn outs.
    Last edited by acrobat; 29-10-2007 at 01:02 AM.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    I ought to correct one impression my answer might have given. The laws that are out there, such as they are, obviously protect all of us. They're not aimed at celebs, but that is, largely, who'll take advantage of them. This is for two self-evident reasons. Firstly, celebs tend to have the money to use the weapons the law provides for those that can afford it, and secondly .... most of us aren't likely to be mobbed by paparazzi or find them camped outside our door.

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    Re: Are there laws against this kind of thing?

    To be honest, I do think that some element of intrusions should be expected with being fame. What it is 'reasonable' though should be looked at case by case. I am inclined to say that the 'more' public the place, the more you should expect to get mobbed.

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