The public has always been obsessed with the lives of celebrities, and the digital era, with the proliferation of news sources and ability to distribute video instantly across the world, has only increased this fascination. Because the First Amendment protects reporting on matters of public concern, the status of celebrities as public figures often limits their right to privacy, giving them little recourse against even the most invasive news gathering and reporting. Courts have been reluctant to draw the difficult line between material protected by rights of privacy and matters of public concern. When a celebrity’s image or private information is used in connection with reporting the news, courts often defer to the media, simply assuming that the story would not be reported if it was not of interest. But as advances in technology allow us to get even closer, with long-range camera lenses able to capture the most private moments, often without the subjects’ knowledge, that easy assumption may have much less justification.
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