Why Celebrities Are Getting Sued Over Pictures of Themselves
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Why Celebrities Are Getting Sued Over Pictures of Themselves

Celebrities are constantly the subject of photographs . Everywhere they go, they’re surrounded by cameras clicking away as they capture images of them getting out of cars, shopping, eating with their families, or secretly holding hands with someone they’re not yet known to be dating. There have even been arguments that photographers should be held to stricter legal restrictions to keep celebrities safe. After all, Princess Diana’s tragic and untimely death is at least partially credited to aggressive paparazzi . While attempts to legally reign in the hordes of photographers swarming celebrities haven’t met much success, the celebrities themselves are now on the receiving end of some legal troubles over the photographs. This time, they’re getting sued for posting pictures of themselves. How can that be? Well, it has to do with the intersection of copyright and privacy laws. Hailey and Justin Bieber | Pierre Suu/GC images In America, most pictures taken in public are completely legal—whether the subject of that photograph has given permission or not. This is because the law is centered around the concept of a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” This means that if someone is out and about in a public space, that person cannot […]

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