August 09, 2013

Manhattan Judge: Photographer's Right To 'Artistic Freedom' Supersedes Family's Right To Privacy

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Peeping Toms can now take pictures women and children through the windows of private homes. As long as the pervert claims artistic expression, his right to invade someone's privacy - and to profit off it - is protected.

A Manhattan judge ruled this week that artistic freedom trumps the rights of parents who donít want their kids secretly photographed through the windows of their homes. [...]

Matthew and Martha Foster sued Svenson -- who likened himself to a "bird-watcher" -- after realizing that their kids' pictures were being used to promote the exhibit in California and at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.

Arguing that his behavior "shocks the conscience and is so out of keeping with the standards of morality in the community," the couple asked the court to bar him from showing or selling the images.

They also demanded that he turn over all of the images not being used in the exhibit.

But Rakower ruled Monday that Svensonís artistic freedom superseded their privacy concerns, and dismissed the case outright. (Source)

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