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ERIC Number: ED165144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Privacy Law and Print Photojournalism.
Dykhouse, Caroline Dow
Reviews of publications about privacy law, of recent court actions, and of interviews with newspaper photographers and attorneys indicate that torts of privacy often conflict with the freedoms to publish and to gather news. Although some guidelines have already been established (about running distorted pictures, "stealing" pictures, taking pictures in courtrooms), some areas of uncertainty exist in the expansion of privacy laws to include torts of false light (misrepresenting the facts either by darkroom or lens distortion or by misinformation in captions), invasion of privacy (publishing embarrassing private facts), and appropriation (making money at the expense of someone's privacy). In general, photographers have not adjusted their picture taking procedures, tending to let editors and attorneys sort out the difficulties attendant to printing news photographs. But procedures could be developed to minimize exposure to lawsuits. Besides the general rules already established, these procedures might include getting identifications from all principals in shots (making them aware of the picture taking), requiring photographers to check captions on their photographs prior to publication, and providing a standard release form for all minors who are photographed. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)