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Friday, 23 April 2004


At last -- a chance for the disenfranchised masses to make their opinions felt on a sensitive issue. The BBC is conducting a poll as to whether CBS should have broadcast pictures of the late Princess Diana as she lay dying after a car crash. Click here to vote.

The IPKat says the issue is a fine one -- not a beauty contest or a request for a "click if you love Diana" kneejerk response. From one perspective there is the invasion of a grieving family's privacy, quite apart from the question of poor taste. From a second perspective there's a question of alleged murder, or at least criminal negligence, arising from the crash itself and a public interest in determining any issues of liability. From a third perspective there's the curiosity factor. A fourth is that of freedom of expression and a fifth is the opportunity to exploit commercially a valuable piece of intellectual property.

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