Restricting Los Angeles Paparazzi: California’s Legal Efforts Impacting Free Press Rights is a detailed analysis of California's anti-paparazzi laws aimed at protecting celebrities' privacy. Joshua N. Azriel provides an ethnographic, First Amendment-based critique of the state's privacy and anti-harassment laws and discusses the broader implications of these laws on free press rights. Azriel conducted fieldwork acting as a paparazzo taking photos of celebrities and interviewed paparazzi directly about whether they comply with the laws, providing readers with insight into the challenges and ethics of the paparazzi industry and firsthand perspectives of photographers in the field. Scholars of media studies, legal studies, and sociology will find this book particularly useful.
Joshua N. Azriel is professor of journalism and emerging media at Kennesaw State University.
Chapter 1: The Paparazzi and Celebrity Worlds
Chapter 2: Paparazzi as Journalists
Chapter 3: California Laws Protecting Celebrities’ Privacy
Chapter 4: Interviews with Paparazzi About California’s Privacy and Anti-Harassment Laws
Chapter 5: Professional Life as a Paparazzo
Chapter 6: The Constitutional Dangers in Censoring Paparazzi
About the Author
This slim, highly accessible review of recent California law aimed at restricting intrusions on celebrity privacy by freelance photographers can be broadly divided into three parts: why the law came to be, how it encumbers so-called paparazzi, and whether the law is constitutional. Recommended.
9/16/2020: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) featured this title in a roundup of current and forthcoming literature for their segment “First Amendment News.” Link: https://www.thefire.org/first-amendment-news-271-new-and-forthcoming-books-issue-the-2020-2021-list/