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Reigning in the Paparazzi

Reigning in the PaparazziNot long ago a fight broke out on a Malibu beach between surfers and the paparazzi over the paparazzi’s efforts to photograph Matthew McConaughey while he surfed. In the aftermath, a task force was established in Malibu to draft laws designed specifically to reign in the paparazzi. What happened? Nothing. Governments cannot pass laws separating the “legitimate press” from the paparazzi. More importantly, we already have laws on the books to protect celebrities - they just need to…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion
  • Aug 26, 2012

Video Post: The Case of the Aggressive Paparazzi


Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Mass Communication Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy. 

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion , Video
  • Aug 19, 2012

The Case of the Aggressive Paparazzi

Jackie O and the PaparazziOne of the first cases to pit a celebrity against a paparazzi was Galella vs. Onassis.  Ronald Galella was a high profile, freelance photographer who specialized in the taking and sale of photographs of well-know subjects. His subjects (more accurately, “targets”) included Marlon Brando, Robert Redford and Elvis Presley. His favorite and most frequent target was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former first lady and, at the time, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis.

Galella stalked,…

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  • Privacy , Privacy - Intrusion
  • Aug 12, 2012

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