256. Malibu to License Paparazzi

To protect celebrities from the photographers who hound , the mayor of Malibu has made a decision. “ professional photographers who want to take photos of in Malibu must be licensed. The license will $2,000 a year,” said Mayor Eddie Arnold. “I that sounds like a lot, but these people make a lot of money off one photo.”

fact, a recent photo of Brad Pitt and Jolie’s new baby sold for $4 million. They contracted with a magazine for the photo, and donated the money to a charity for children. couple of years before that, a photo of and Angelina walking along an African beach sold $400,000. So celebrity photos, contracted or candid, can a photographer wealthy. But the stalking that goes can make a celebrity crazy; recently, an actor out a photographer.

Stalking can be dangerous to public, too. Recently, paparazzi in nine different cars after Britney Spears as she left a friend's to go to a nearby restaurant. The driver one car, intent on beating his competitors, struck man in a crosswalk. The man was taken the hospital with two broken legs. Nobody took photo.

That accident prompted the mayor’s decision. The cost of the license, he said, would reduce number of photographers who hang around in Malibu. “ riddance,” said one restaurant owner. “Some of them around my restaurant every Saturday. They never buy or dinner. They just use my rest room day long.”

The paparazzi, of course, were angry. “’re just little people trying to make a buck,” Ansel Adams. “Most of us never have big . Malibu should collect the $2,000 only if we sell a photo.”