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 February 13, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Court

Alex Marshall reports the update to a case in the U.K. previously mentioned on this blog. Marshall reports:

As well as the art on the gallery’s walls, visitors to Tate Modern in London have been able to stare at an unusual sight for the past few years: the apartments opposite.

Much to some residents’ annoyance, the 10th-story viewing platform at the gallery offers prime views of luxury apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows in several nearby towers.

In 2017, residents of four of the apartments mounted a legal challenge demanding that Tate close that side of the platform or at least put up screens, citing a “relentless” invasion of privacy from onlookers.

Read more on New York Times.

As you can guess from the headline, the court did not give the apartment owners the relief that they sought.  And in that respect, this ruling from a UK court is similar to a case in New York where the court found for photographer Arne Svenson who had taken pictures of people in their apartments using a telephoto lens and then had an exhibit of those photoes. But would the UK court have found it acceptable for people to not only photograph apartment dwellers using a telephoto lens but to exhibit any such photos?  From Marshall’s reporting, it doesn’t sound like the court would have gone as far as the New York State Supreme Court went.

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