Snapping Tina's Wedding: Paparazzi Turn to Drones

But the celebrity journalism community is not in agreement over the use of remote-controlled flying objects. Some photographers still have doubts as to the suitability of flying machines for the work of paparazzi. Hans Paul, who has pursued Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on his moped, sees the use of drones in his line of work as "the greatest nonsense." The flight time is too short, the risk of detection too high. He favors a paraglider. "I fly one with a backpack motor and can take much better photos," he says.

For Blick photo editor Tobias Gysi a wedding like Tina Turner's is a huge challenge. "Our readers expect pictures," he says. Celebrities would prefer to control the coverage of the celebration for their own financial gain by entering into exclusive agreements with publishers. When asked how far the press should be able to go to shoot celebrities who don't want to be photographed, Gysi says: "We believe that an overriding public interest in the wedding justifies the publication."

But Christian Schertz, a Berlin-based media lawyer who represents many celebrities, says that the privacy of Tina Turner has clearly been violated. She could sue for an injunction and damages, he adds.

Wedding photos of the rich and famous have a high market value. The profits, says Schertz, should be skimmed off and dispersed to the affected parties, an idea that has so far not been recognized under the German courts' interpretation of the country's privacy laws.

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