Last week Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eileen Rakower ruled that photos taken of you in your own home, through your windows and without your awareness or permission are fully lawful and can be printed and sold in an art gallery without compensation to the subjects.
When parents living on Greenwich Street in Tribeca realized they and their children had been photographed by artist Arne Svensen, they asked Justice Rakower to bar him from showing or selling the images.
In a show called “The Neighbors”, large prints are for sale starting at $7,500 and the lawyer for the family is upset.
Rakower has pissed off lawyers before.
Another parent in the same building, Clifford Finn, said,
“A grown man should not be able to photograph kids in their rooms with a telephoto lens.”
Her current judicial term expires in 2016.
Stay tuned for the civil lawsuit.