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Kids Sell: Celebrity Kids’ Right to Privacy

Department of Journalism & Communication, Kyonggi University, Seoul 120-702, Korea
Academic Editor: Frank Pasquale
Received: 2 November 2015 / Revised: 9 March 2016 / Accepted: 31 March 2016 / Published: 7 April 2016
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The lives of celebrities are often spotlighted in the media because of their newsworthiness; however, many celebrities argue that their right to privacy is often infringed upon. Concerns about celebrity privacy are not limited to the celebrities themselves and often expand to their children. As a result of their popularity, public interest has pushed paparazzi and journalists to pursue trivial and private details about the lives of both celebrities and their children. This paper investigates conflicting areas where the right to privacy and the right to know collide when dealing with the children of celebrities. In general, the courts have been unsympathetic to celebrity privacy claims, noting their newsworthiness and self-promoted characteristic. Unless the press violates news-gathering ethics or torts, the courts will often rule in favor of the media. However, the story becomes quite different when related to an infringement on the privacy of celebrities’ children. This paper argues that all children have a right to protect their privacy regardless of their parents’ social status. Children of celebrities should not be exempt to principles of privacy just because their parents are a celebrity. Furthermore, they should not be exposed by the media without the voluntary consent of their legal patrons. That is, the right of the media to publish and the newsworthiness of children of celebrities must be restrictedly acknowledged. View Full-Text
Keywords: privacy; celebrities’ children; legitimate public concern; voluntary exposure; public space privacy; celebrities’ children; legitimate public concern; voluntary exposure; public space
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