I think it's great that some people and their kids enjoy being in the paper. Of course my kid enjoyed it, but this group used an image of my child's face to promote their business. They made MONEY off her whether she minded or not; they didn't care to ask her or me for permission. Frankly, I don't understand the resistance here to *some* parents having an issue with stuff like this. it bothers me. so what? To me this is an issue of my kid's rights to some sort of control over the use of her image. The content of advertising images in the U.S often promote social norms I (or DD) disagrees with-- white privilege, male privilege, gender stereotypes, heterosexism, the list goes on. It's part of my parenting philosophy to respect her physical self, and I guess photographic representations of her, in MY humble, personal, and rightful opinion as her parent, fall under the same idea. maybe that's not how most people think, but most people think people who EBF, cosleep, CD, homebirth etc are crazy too. *shrug*
I have a real issue with people taking photos of me or my child without asking. Call me weird, but to me, it's an issue of privacy and respect. Sure we go out in public all of the time and anyone can see us--but that's different than someone getting to produce a permanent image in the likeness of one of us. Don't get me wrong--I love photos--I just don't want anyone else taking them of us without asking. This goes for family members as well. Of course I want our family to have pictures of us and our little one, but they need to ask or let me know first.
Seriously, my in-laws are the rudest, most obnoxious people when it comes to cameras and photos. You can't walk in their door without at least two cameras coming at you, snapping in your face, and then capturing every moment/action of your time there (and they only live 7 miles from us--we see them several times a week. they are not like this because we only see them occasionally, in which case I might have a bit more understanding). It is rude and disrespectful, and after trying to politely explain why I didn't like it, I got rather, um, forceful and told them they weren't taking any photos of my child, period. They got the point and for the most part they now ask, which was all I really wanted. I recently had another incident with my in-laws, however, when they forced my child to pose with my nieces for a photo of all of their grandkids. Now, I'm ok that they wanted this photo, it would have been cute--but, without me or my husband there (dh was there but outside), my child was forced to do something he was uncomfortable with without regard to his feelings. I can't tell you how shocked and scared my little boy looks in that photo (I'm sure he just didn't want to sit still, and they made him sit anyway, which confused and upset him). I burst into tears when I saw the look on my baby's face. I felt so helpless and that I wasn't there to say "no!" for my child.
I digress. My point is, is I think it's quite reasonable if you want permission before people take photos of your child. I wouldn't have a problem with photos being taken of my child in a classroom setting--if I was told first and asked for permission. As far as newspapers/other publications, I would be rather hostile if a photo of my child (along with a full name!) turned up in one without permission. My issue with my in-laws is one of respect, but the issue with the newspaper could be one of safety for the family and child. As far as I know, that's illegal (though I'm not exactly sure). I have a friend who is a journalist/photographer for our local paper, and he always has to get permission and full name of those he photographs if he intends to publish the image. Maybe this is just his paper's policy, I'm not sure.