Okay. I will be kind and calm. I will explain this to the best of my ability. This is to be informational.
To start out…I am not pointing fingers or trying to start a witch-hunt. BUT this does need to be addressed, and apparently quite frequently!
Many of you who are fans of Sherlock or are fans of Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch. Many of you (if not most of you) already know about this photograph. It is a candid picture taken by a fan that never should have been posted to the internet. But it keeps showing up. I will describe it, because OBVIOUSLY I’m not going to post it!
The photograph is outdoors, I’m fairly sure during some filming for Sherlock, with Benedict and Martin holding Martin’s kids. It is quite obviously a candid photograph (because they are not looking towards the camera). Posting this photograph is a complete invasion of their privacy AND illegal. Here is why this is the case:
For well over a year now, Amanda Abbington, the partner of Martin Freeman, and mother of these children has requested on more than one occasion for this photograph to not be posted on the internet. Here are some things to think about.
RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
Everyone has a right to their privacy. Yes, actors do put themselves “in the spotlight” so to speak, but they still have rights to their private lives. WE ALL DO.
No parent should have to worry about their children being exploited (yes I said exploited) for other people’s amusement. Yes, the photograph is nice, but Martin and Amanda want to protect their children. Most of us are sane, but I know we can all think of fans who have crossed that line.
Do not mess with parents and their duty to protect their children. That is just FACT.
IT IS ILLEGAL
When it comes to children and protecting them, posting this photograph when the mother has expressed for it to be taken down is HIGHLY illegal.
Besides the fact that this picture was not taken by the parents or other family AND THEY ARE MINORS.
If Amanda Abbington or Martin Freeman ever get extremely distraught about this, they CAN press charges.
Yes, you do have anonymity on the web if you’re careful.
But that will NOT stop the authorities from finding you.
IP addresses can be tracked and anon messages also can be traced. Closing your askbox will NOT help you.
There is NO hiding when you do something illegal like this that endangers children.
It IS harmful.
Yes. There are less than trustworthy people out there. This is common sense.
When you reblog and post this image, no matter WHAT your intentions, you are infringing on the rights of these children and their families and you are spreading their image to people who could have far than noble intentions.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Am I making this sound worse than it is?
I THINK NOT.
That is ALWAYS a possibility. Do NOT say it’s unlikely or state statistics at me. It can STILL happen. And when this photograph is spread across the internet, that risk increases.
TO WRAP THINGS UP
If you want to continue doing this illegal and less than noble endeavor, I personally can not stop you. But believe me, this is not an ideal threat. My friends and I are currently trying to figure out how to resolve this. If ANYTHING we are trying to get it off tumblr.
Be a decent human being. I’m not asking for sainthood. But PLEASE.
You do not want to ruin the privates lives of these people.
You do not want to have the authorities come after you.
The more this happens, the more our own private lives will be infringed upon if actions by the authorities have to be taken. Keep that in mind.
We all make mistakes.
I have done many things in my life out of ignorance and sometimes stupidity. But you can almost always fix things. And believe me, you’ll want to do that BEFORE you get in trouble!
Do the right thing. Take down that photograph. Do not reblog that photograph. And PLEASE! Spread the word about this. I don’t care how. Reblog this post. Reblog someone else’s if you like it better. Write your own!
But…please stop the spread of this photo and do what is right!
This was written at 2:00 am so, please forgive my typing mistakes and errors. And I will edit this if necessary with additional information and corrections. I am not perfect, and I’m willing to admit that!
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