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The Paparazzi: Public Figures, Private Lives
Last Featured: 11/7/2005

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After the death of Princess Diana in 1997, there were widespread calls for legislation to restrain the so-called "paparazzi." With support from celebrities, including celebrity Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California recently enacted the nation's first "anti-paparazzi" law, which creates liability for invasions of privacy by photographers; or others making video or audio recordings. Critics of the law believe that the legislation broadly applies to all members of the media and opens a Pandora's box of issues that may take years to sort out. Join us as Justice Talking examines the hazy line between public lives and private interests.

Peter Howe During 13 years as a photojournalist, Howe covered stories ranging from the civil wars in El Salvador and Northern Ireland to Papal visits, political conventions and inaugurations. He has served as the picture editor of the New York Times Magazine and director of photography for LIFE magazine. He is the author of Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer, published by Artisan in 2002. His latest book is Paparazzi.

Janice Min was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Us Weekly in July of 2003, having served as Executive Editor for the magazine since March 2002. She was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year, one of Media Industry Newsletter’s 21 Most Intriguing Figures in Publishing and made the cover of KoreAM Journal as a leading Asian-American female. Prior to joining Us, Janice served as Assistant Managing Editor at In Style, and at Life magazine. She received her graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School.

Blair Berk is a member of Tarlow & Berk, PC in Los Angeles, California. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School in 1990 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1992. She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and sits on the Board of Governors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Tom Newton is general counsel and legislative advocate for the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA). As a spokesman for the California newspaper industry, Newton regularly presents testimony before legislative committees and other state boards and commissions. Newton joined CNPA in 1990. Prior to his present position, Newton was CNPA's legal counsel.

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California Civil Code 1708 Paparazzi relevant portion begins at section 1708.8
American Society of Media Photographers
American Bar Association
National Press Photographers Association: Best Practices
Findlaw's Writ
Editorial Photographers: The War Against Photographers (Acrobat PDF)
First Amendment Center
CSU Fullerton - Photojournalism Ethics: Rights to Privacy
Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture
by P. David Marshall
Privacy And the Press
by Joshua Rozenberg
The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industial Complex
by Maureen Orth
The Montesi Scandal: The Death of Wilma Montesi and the Birth of the Paparazzi in Fellini's Rome
by Karen Pinkus
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
Pornography and the First Amendment