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US & UK Photographers: Know Your Rights

Posted: Thu, 8th Jul 2010, 10:56am

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rogolo

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Do you know your rights as a photographer? For example, if a security guard notices you taking pictures of "his" building, is he allowed to seize your camera or delete your photos? (No chance.) Or, how about taking photos of police officers at the scene of an accident? (Snap away.) How about snagging pictures of random children on the street? (Creepy, but lawful.)

Photographer's Rights Pamphlets


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.
Posted: Thu, 8th Jul 2010, 12:40pm

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Worth noting that in the UK Today, Section 44 of the anti-terrorism act has been suspended.

It shouldn't be relevant to photography, but sadly section 44 has been routinely used to stop and search photographers. No longer!

-Matt
Posted: Thu, 8th Jul 2010, 12:41pm

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Simon K Jones

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Awesome post, Rogolo! This should prove very useful for lots of people.

Hybrid-Halo wrote:

Worth noting that in the UK Today, Section 44 of the anti-terrorism act has been suspended.
The turning of the tide, perhaps? Hopefully this'll make the beginning of the end of the horrendous Bush-Blair era of paranoia, fear and control.