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Old 09-16-2012, 12:07 PM
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that's not the point. you can take as many pictures as you want. i doubt you can do anything with them to be "malicious" to the other person: no magazine will buy them off you to publish them on their cover. it would be virtually no way the "violated person" would know you took those pictures and my guess is that you would delete those pictures off your digital camera after at the very most a couple of hours yourself: how weird would it be to show your holiday pictures to your friends and land to a picture of a naked stranger! (i bet that wouldn't make you very popular amongst your friends)

however, the situation with W+K is different as all magazines would want to publicise such material. so, on this basis, they should be extra careful, more so than the normal lambda citizen.

these positions come with lots of advantages and certain disadvantages. this is one of them, your "freedom" will be somewhat reduced, and i'm sure they understood that well by now. this is not much different from the pictures the press takes of kate going shopping in london or around for walks with her dog.
If someone took compromising pics of you in your backyard, they could blackmail you. Wouldn't that be a violation of your privacy? Sure, naked pics of you may not end up in the papers, but in with the prevalence of social media, those pics could end up anywhere. What if someone emailed those naked pics of you to your boss, co-workers, or your family. Just because naked pics of you don't end up on the front page of some rag, doesn't mean you can't be embarrassed by them.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:12 PM
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The topless photos has nothing to do with security. They can not close down an entire community because a royal decides to spend some time there.
Well, the security team should have certainly 'walked the perimeters' of the property to see if there was an overlook from which a photographer- or a sniper- could take a photo-or worse- of the Cambridges. People who have security teams shouldn't have to do their own reconnaissance in order to feel safe- they rely on the security.

Someone up thread said she felt no sympathy for Kate. No sympathy for a woman who has been violated. No sympathy for a woman who will likely bear a future monarch. No sympathy for a woman whose mother-in-law was hounded and stalked- and perhaps driven to her death.

The security team failed big time. What did they think their responsibilities were?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:33 PM
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Kate Middleton topless photos: Italian magazine has 200 pictures of topless duchess | Mail Online

200 pictures of the same 1 picture more or less?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:33 PM
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Well, the security team should have certainly 'walked the perimeters' of the property to see if there was an overlook from which a photographer- or a sniper- could take a photo-or worse- of the Cambridges. People who have security teams shouldn't have to do their own reconnaissance in order to feel safe- they rely on the security.

Someone up thread said she felt no sympathy for Kate. No sympathy for a woman who has been violated. No sympathy for a woman who will likely bear a future monarch. No sympathy for a woman whose mother-in-law was hounded and stalked- and perhaps driven to her death.

The security team failed big time. What did they think their responsibilities were?
Do you realise how far away the photographer was? This wasn't down the road, this half a mile away.

Bringing up Diana's death, really. Cheap shot.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:15 PM
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Do you realise how far away the photographer was? This wasn't down the road, this half a mile away.

Bringing up Diana's death, really. Cheap shot.

Yes, it was half a mile away, so the Cambridges felt safe. Apparently, it wasn't far enough. I repeat, what did the security team think their duties were?

No, I didn't bring up Diana's death just to mention it. I meant it as a comment on those who would 'blame the victim' of this crime. Why would a kind-hearted person not feel that Catherine was due some sympathy, particularly in light of what had previously happened? Cold-hearted.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:26 PM
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Do you realise how far away the photographer was? This wasn't down the road, this half a mile away.
To be fair, half a mile is a 10 minute stroll - less if you pick up the pace. That's not a big effort.

I think that people who have commented about security simply mean (yes I am speaking for others) it would be expected that security check out the perimeter and brief the party on potential "issues." It could well be that they did that. We won't know.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:27 PM
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Bringing up Diana's death is not a cheap shot, it is unfortunately very relevant to this situation. If paparazzi are to be allowed to pursue royals in an 'anything goes' manner, then accidents like the one which killed Diana are going to happen again.

The difficulty with the security is that there has been a long running campaign within the UK to reduce as far as is possible the cost to the public purse of securing the royals. I'd bet that many members of the royal family have likely stayed in this house over the years given its apparent remoteness (and they'd get a family discount). The fact that we've never seen any pictures of any of the royals visiting there, suggests to me that the security and the royals believed that there was almost no chance of this kind of thing happening. They may also have thought that given France's notorious privacy laws, even if they were photographed, they would not be published given that they constitute an obvious breach of their privacy.

Unfortunately for them, this was not the case.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:42 PM
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Diana died because she wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Paparazzi didn't force her at gun point not to wear her seat belt. And by the way, when Diana died she wasn't royal she was fair game. When she was hounded by the press when married there were issues.

My response was mainly directed at the fact that I don't see why security is in anyway to blame for not scouting the area for potentially photography spots. The photographer was half a mile away with a long lens camera, what exactly could security do?

This was an invasion of privacy, but i will always be of the opinion that anyone who appears topless not in their own home is silly. It's beyond me to understand why anyone, royal or not, would do that.
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Royals to launch criminal complaint over topless Kate photos - The Globe and Mail

They are pursuing both a civil lawsuit and criminal charges against Closer and its publisher as well as seeking an injunction against further publication of the pictures.
Personally I hope they are successful in the criminal charges. Cooling your heels in a French jail for a year should certainly make one think twice before violating someones privacy again.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:53 PM
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...My response was mainly directed at the fact that I don't see why security is in anyway to blame for not scouting the area for potentially photography spots. The photographer was half a mile away with a long lens camera, what exactly could security do? ...
What would I expect that a professional security team do? Walk -or drive- the roads and paths and check what could be seen with or without a long lens camera or scope or telescope or binoculars. "Excuse me, sir, did you know that the veranda can be seen from the road with a long lens camera?" Apparently this didn't happen.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:07 PM
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I agree that this is a bit of an overreaction on the royals part to the media when they should be examining their security issues that have become evident with Harry and now this. Also, I found comparing Diana's situation to boob photos was a bit tacky on the palace's part.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:11 PM
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What would I expect that a professional security team do? Walk -or drive- the roads and paths and check what could be seen with or without a long lens camera or scope or telescope or binoculars. "Excuse me, sir, did you know that the veranda can be seen from the road with a long lens camera?" Apparently this didn't happen.
I don't blame security either. We actually do not know what the security team did or did not do around the premises either. 650 acres is a wide expanse of land.

Personally, I'd like to see William sue for ownership of the magazine and then close it down. That won't happen but I think the stronger conviction that is made in this incident will send a message that in the future if someone crosses the line, there'll be hell to pay. Give these sleazeballs a slap on the wrist and it'll be open season wherever Will and Kate go.
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Why would Prince William sue for the ownership of the magazine?
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:16 PM
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How could Prince William close the magazine?
It was my wishful thinking that if WIlliam sued for ownership of the magazine and won, its his to do as he pleases with it and shut it down. It'll never happen though in a million years.

Watching the litigation unfold on this will be interesting though.
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I could not read a lot of this thread, because the judgmental attitude of so many posters is as repulsive to me as the taking of the pictures. Neither is right.

It's almost as if some of you hope that Kate will be emotionally scarred by this, but I bet she won't. She's an intelligent person.

Women should be able to take their shirts off if men do. It doesn't matter whether you're going to be the Queen of England or not. People who care that she was topless are silly, in my opinion.

The invasion of privacy started with the photos, and then continues with the excoriation of Kate by some of you for wanting to enjoy being outdoors with the sun on her skin.

I do appreciate the more sensible approaches of many of you and the compassion so many of you express.

I suspect the legal action will attempt to be low key and over with as soon as possible. The grainy pictures (some of which certainly do not look like Kate) are out there. Closer could well be sued out of existence (will be interesting to see) but it's certainly not an 'obscure' tabloid..
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What would I expect that a professional security team do? Walk -or drive- the roads and paths and check what could be seen with or without a long lens camera or scope or telescope or binoculars. "Excuse me, sir, did you know that the veranda can be seen from the road with a long lens camera?" Apparently this didn't happen.
I don't know if it's possible for security to check all of the areas surrounding the royals. Paps can take photos from anywhere. We now live in an age where a long lens camera can capture people from 5 miles away. That's why stronger laws against the paps and the magazines that print these types of photos, should be implemented.

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I don't know if it's possible for security to check all the areas surrounding the royals. We now live in an age where a long lens camera can capture people from 5 miles away. That's why stronger laws against the paps and the magazines that print these types of photos, should be implemented.
Thank you! What's going to happen when technology that allows us to see and hear inside people's homes becomes widely available? I suppose at that point William and Kate will just never be able to take their clothes off or do anything they wouldn't want put on the front page of a French tabloid.
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Royals to launch criminal complaint over topless Kate photos - The Globe and Mail

They are pursuing both a civil lawsuit and criminal charges against Closer and its publisher as well as seeking an injunction against further publication of the pictures.
Personally I hope they are successful in the criminal charges. Cooling your heels in a French jail for a year should certainly make one think twice before violating someones privacy again.
I'm glad they're taking this action. This was criminal and I hope the perpetrators spend time in prison. I don't understand why the photographer is not also being charged.
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^It was just announced a little while ago that they are making a criminal complaint against the photographer.

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Thank you! What's going to happen when technology that allows us to see and hear inside people's homes becomes widely available? I suppose at that point William and Kate will just never be able to take their clothes off or do anything they wouldn't want put on the front page of a French tabloid.
Very true.

According to a few of the royal reporters, the photographer might not have taken the pics from the road. They're now saying he/she may have been trespassing and took the photos from private land.

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As news comes out of William + Kate's plans to file a criminal complaint it appears the photos may have been taken from private land.
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