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Harry Potter Author's Son Granted Privacy

Harry Potter Author's Son Granted Privacy

J.K. Rowling won a small victory against a photo agency that published a long lens photo of her son, but it may prove to be a big win for celebrities trying to protect their wee ones from the paparazzi.

According to a Reuters report, the Harry Potter author and her husband, Dr Neil Murray sued Express Newspapers and Big Pictures agency over a photo taken of their son, David in 2004.

To see what happened,


The picture of the young child, not yet two, was shot while he rode in a stroller pushed by his parents and ran in a Sunday Express magazine.

And, after the case being thrown out of court initially, the appeal was victorious.

A judge said:

If a child of parents who are not in the public eye could reasonably expect not to have photographs of him published in the media, so too should the child of a famous parent," he said in the judgment.

The couple who has tried to give their children a normal life despite J.K.'s fame, was thrilled by the verdict and issued a statement that said:

"We are immensely grateful to the court for giving our children protection from covert, unauthorized photography; this ruling will make an immediate and material difference to their lives."

What are your thoughts on the ruling?

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anniekim anniekim 9 years
TO be so famous and wealthy--and with such a rabid fan base. I can imagine JK is often terrified for the safety of her son. I wouldn't want anyone to know what he looks like either.
graylen graylen 9 years
This is sort of interesting because I have heard of many celebrities requesting long lens as opposed to scaring their children and stalking them up close. I saw a video of Brad Pitt telling the photogs that he would prefer they use long lens over the weekend (I think they were in NYC) as to not scare the children. I think in a perfect world, these children would all be protected, but we don't live in that world. I think I would rather them be at a distance (though only in public- I think backyards/through windows/etc should be banned) rather than terrifying the kids. SJP said her son doesn't even like to take family pictures because of his association with cameras... that's horrible.
Leene Leene 9 years
I despise the brangelina-fans for drooling over those plurry photos, those which are taken with long lenses. Isn't it ironic how they say they are fans when they are hurting their idols privacy with their need of seeing EVERY little detail? But I do think some celebs stay intentionally in the public eye and choose not to protect their kids the best they could. I like how Julia Roberts has focused on her family the last few years. Her kids propably are thankful of that later on. I like seeing pictures of my favourite celebs, but this has gotten way too far. I'm glad we don't have anything like this in Finland.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
good for her. i admit, i love seeing kids of famous parents, but i think when it's a long-range lens, and it just gets too creepy after a certain point.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I must admit that I LOVE to see photos of my fave celebs and their wee ones out and about, but totally can understand why a celeb would want to keep their child out of the public eye. Stars don't just have to worry about agressive photogs scaring their kids, they also need to worry about loonies out there that may try to harm or kidnap their kids. I say hurray for this verdict!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I agree. I know that celebrities choose their career and must deal with fans and photographers but their children did not. The photogs should be forbidden from taking photos of children and publishing them without permission. Any parent would be upset if someone walked up to their child and began taking pictures. These kids deserve a right to privacy. The aggressive actions of today's photographers can frighten a small child leading to many social and psychological disorders at the extreme.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
I think it's great. I think that all of this "long lens" photography should be allowed at all, pictures from helicopters of people in their back yards, super long lenses of private moments. Isn't it enough that they get slammed the minute they walk out in public??
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