The Rights of a Photographer

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The Rights of a Photographer

Postby Sabina » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:04 am

I thought this was interesting and/or good to know! I am not sure if each and every one of these applies in each and every country in the world, so they are only meant as guidelines or trivial information...

1. You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, except where a specific law prohibits it.
i.e. streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public libraries.

2. You may shoot on private property if it is open to the public, but you are obligated to stop if the owner requests it.
i.e. malls, retail stores, restaurants, banks, and office building lobbies.

3. Private property owners can prevent photography ON their property, but not photography OF their property from a public location.

4. Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
i.e. private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, medical facilities, and phone booths.

5. Despite common misconceptions, the following subjects are almost always permissible:
    ✤ accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities
    ✤ children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
    ✤ bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities
    ✤ residential, commercial, and industrial buildings

6. Security is rarely an acceptable reason for restricting photography. Photographing from a public place cannot infringe on trade secrets, nor is it terrorist activity.

7. Private parties cannot detain you against your will unless a serious crime was committed in their presence. Those that do so may be subject to criminal and civil charges.

8. It is a crime for someone to threaten injury, detention, confiscation, or arrest because you are making photographs.

9. You are not obligated to provide your identity or reason for photographing unless questioned by a law enforcement officer and state law requires it.

10. Private parties have no right to confiscate your equipment without a court order. Even law enforcement officers must obtain one unless making an arrest. No one can force you to delete photos you have made.

These are general guidelines regarding the right to make photos and should not be interpreted as legal advice. If you need legal help, please contact a lawyer.

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Re: The Rights of a Photographer

Postby Ryan » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:23 am

Yeah... that's nice to know... I like knowing such things...
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Re: The Rights of a Photographer

Postby mirjana » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:48 am

How you always come with such interesting information? Thank you. It would be so much less of misunderstandings(not to use other words), if we would know more about certain things like this one you have informed us here. =0)
Unfortunately, people tend to think to know about everything...and acting according to that "knowledge". =0X
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