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Photographer's Rights Pamphlets
- US Version [pdf]
- UK Version [pdf link on website]
- Australian version [website]
- Bert P. Krages II Attorney at Law Photographer's Rights Page [for more links and info]
Check out the linked pamphlets above for some quality information on your rights as a photographer in concise and simple wording (read: not legalese). You never know when you may be unlawfully questioned, detained, or threatened while shooting, and having a printed sheet like this with you can help to defuse a situation. Of course, being polite and calm to authority figures is a given (don't give them a reason to harass you!), but foreknowledge of your rights and preparation for handling conflicts are definitely skills that many photographers could do well to learn.
HDSLR Filmmakers: With the advent of HD recording on DSLRs, it'd be interesting to see how far one could push these "Photographer's Rights". I'd hazard a guess most security guards/cops wouldn't notice or care if you are shooting photos *or* video (on a small enough scale, that is), so HDSLR filmmakers may find some use with referring to this for their own small/guerilla productions.
Disclaimer: I am not a law professional, and make no claims towards the veracity of the information in my post or in the linked pamphlets and websites. The links provided are for informational use only, and I cannot be held responsible in any way for your actions as a result of reading these materials.