Posted by Kraig Baker
The LA Times reported another Paparazzi incident today. This time Scarlett Johansson hit a car carrying a family while trying to elude paparazzi who followed her home. Last month someone from Britney Spears' house shot a paparazzi with a pellet gun. Two months ago a celebrity photographer rammed Lindsay Lohan's car. With the voracious American appetite for all things celebrity and the intense competition among celebrity magazines, it's inevitable that we will have additional incidents. More to the point from a privacy perspective, look for additional anti-paparazzi legislation in California and other states within the next year.
It will be interesting to see how broadly this legislation will be drafted. For instance, will it only apply to celebrities or will it apply to the general public? Will it be apply only to photographers or will it extend to those using boom microphones and other intrusive technology? Will it extend to the public taking camera photos of celebrities? This kind of legislation could be the first step to creating zones of privacy in public spaces.
For a report on the Scarlett Johansson incident, click here.