Before a recognizable or identified photo of a person can be published, the law requires that the photographer get the person's permission via a signed model release. No release, no publication. Would it not make sense to extend this law to protect the voice as well?
The recent case in which a father's anguished 911 call was broadcast illustrates this need. I believe that 911 calls, in particular, should be defined by the law as private communications, not subject to publication without written permission of the caller.
These calls are made in moments of severe stress, and broadcasting them only adds to the anguish the caller is experiencing. Surely there are better ways to educate the public about how to respond to emergencies.
Alice P. Stein Tonawanda