Photos of Oxford Student Celebrations Raise Questions About Privacy Rights and Journalism

Dear reader,

This post was originally published on 14 October 2018, and subsequently deleted on 24 October 2019, after an interested party contacted me and asked that any reference to them in my blog post be removed. I chose to delete the post in its entirety to avoid any further problems.

I stand by what I wrote and shared, including the watermarked images from a stock photo company for illustrative purposes, an image from Flickr, and screen captures of newspaper headlines on a related subject. I also quoted information that the individual had already manifestly made public themselves in statements to the press, and provided links to those relevant articles. As readers of my blog will know, I always try to credit the source of the information and images I share — and I did so in this instance. 

Nevertheless, I am a firm believer in respecting someone’s privacy. I also appreciate that in the eyes of some, there is a fine line between sharing and misappropriating, and I want to ensure that I am on the right side of that line. Not only as a lawyer, but as someone who appreciates art, music, literature and media ⁠— and who believes it is important to protect intellectual property rights and privacy. I am happy to remove an image or quotation, if requested to do so by the relevant rights holder or person concerned. 

For the avoidance of doubt, I have never made any money from my writing here at kelseyfarish.com. I write about technology and media law, and about legal careers more generally, because that’s what I am passionate about. I do so in the hopes that it may provide some interesting or helpful insight, not because I am trying to generate advertising revenue.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

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Kelsey Farish