Celebrities’ Rights to Privacy

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The first rationale is that most public people seek and consent to publicity. But, consent in a general sense does not justify invasions into every aspect of an individual’s life. Unfortunately, the personalities and affairs of celebrities are viewed as inherently public. Paparazzi argue that the nature of celebrities’ jobs is construed as waiving their rights to privacy. However, this waiver should be regarded as a limited waiver, restricting the press to examine and exposing only that information that has some bearing on the individual’s position in society. The constant exposure that celebrities receive tends to make celebrities more physiologically tolerant of the press behavior than they might otherwise be. The press has a right to inform the public of matters of public interest. As the celebrities cultivate their positions in the public spotlight, they generate continued interest in their activities. The more information the public gathers, the public feels as if they “know” the individual and are privy to their private lives. Maintaining celebrity status often demands satisfaction of public curiosity (Nordhaus 289-291). The standards are rather high for a celebrity to claim an invasion of privacy. “Some states require that the benefit the perpetrator receives from the invasion must be commercial in nature. Others require that the individual be identifiable as the subject.” The mere taking of a photograph without consent by itself will not constitute as
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