2 of my DHs cousins were in a Montesorri preschool class with Bruce and Demi's kids. On the first day Dh's uncle (who is a photography junkie and has REALLY nice camera gear) was taking pictures of Carry. The girls bodyguard came over and ripped the camera out of Marc's hands and ripped the film out. He thought Marc was a paparazzo. The school as a whole had to come up with a policy on taking pictures when the Willis kids were in the room. As adults they all were able to work it out in a way that made everyone happy. But living in Sun Valley paparazzo are everywhere so Dh's uncle was pretty understanding.
That's terrible. I would be so livid! I hope the bodyguard apologized.
I am not a paparazzi fan either and agree with hoping that the British royals are able to negotiate a time for a bit of privacy for their family.
BUT -- remembering some of the debates we have had re: expectations of privacy for our own children, didn't someone make the point that if you are in public that you are able to take pictures without having to request parental permission? (Exception for perverts taking inappropriate photos.) If my kids' lose their privacy when at the beach, park, etc. - then I don't believe that celebrity kids should be treated differently.
My preference would be for everyone to have their privacy respected when photos are being taken *specifically* of that particular person. (In other words, taking a pic of your kids at the fair is bound to capture others in the shot due to the crowds. It would be unreasonable to ask permission of everyone there. If I zoomed in on another family's kids without it being by their request -- not ok even if it is legal. )
As a blogger and photographer in the US. I meet famous people all of the time. I meet people on the verge and their families. I am not super-cool with laws. . . yeesh. But anything I publish, truly anything ever that is a recognizeable face or person - I have a release for. Honestly, I do not get paparazzi.
I think they function under the cost/benefit analysis. If it costs too much to expose someone, they won't. If they will make bnk and sell a bazillion magazines, they will. It's mafia economy and laws really don't matter so much here in the US. Maybe it's different in the UK.
Somehow I don't think it is. With all of the scandals and such.