With stars like Justin Bieber and Halle Berry pushing for stricter laws against peeping paps, entertainment attorney Cassandra Spangler reviews VIBE’s own proposed legislation
NEW RULE NO. 1
Paparazzi who catch celebs with a forkful have to ante up on the bill (plus 30 percent tip).
Spangler: One way to deal with this issue may be a ban on cameras and cell phones in [high-end] restaurants and nightclubs. Establishments that institute a ban may actually see increased celebrity clientele. That’s been the case with The Box in New York City.
NEW RULE NO. 2
Snapping baby bump flicks is considered child endangerment.
Spangler: It’s unlikely that the mere act of photographing an unborn child puts that child in danger. But where extreme measures are taken to obtain the photograph, a paparazzo may face enhanced criminal penalties. Halle Berry requested legal permission to take her daughter out of the country [because of ] paparazzi harassment. Groups like the Los Angeles City Council recently lobbied for a paparazzi-free zone around a celebrity’s person and family.
NEW RULE NO. 3
Photogs must foot speeding tickets for celebs forced to go 55 in a 54.
Spangler: A law like this may only fuel criticism that our justice system isn’t blind. However, many existing laws provide celebrities with civil remedies for expenses incurred and harm suffered as a result of paparazzi—last year a paparazzo faced criminal charges after a car chase involving Justin Bieber.
NEW RULE NO. 4
Paps must sport badges with their name and the agency for which they gawk.
Spangler: This may be the best way to go. We’ve seen this self-regulation in the music industry with the RIAA’s parental advisories and [Hollywood’s] MPAA ratings system. Perhaps it’s time for the media to follow suit—for example, by purchasing photos only from “licensed” paparazzi.
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