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Old Dec 4, 2009, 6:39 PM   #1
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An interesting article in yesterdays Indie about your rights to take pics in public and what to do should you be stopped by the police.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...s-1833327.html

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This is for the UK... what about the US or Canada?
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Woops.. should have mentioned it was for the UK but I think you'd have the same rights and I;d say possibly more in the US/Canada. Definitely not so here in the UK - that article was in reference to a BBC news photographer who got stopped by the police for a taking a pic of St Pauls Cathedral!

Canary Wharf, in London for example is one place where anyone walking around with a DSLR camera is going to be stopped , and thus a venue for a meeting of 100+ photographers a few months ago. You could see that the security there were not happy but could they harass over 100+, nope they just had to sit tight and wait for it to finish. A snap of my photographer friend from that event:



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Hmmm. I think we need studio shots of that photographer friend of yours...

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.......second, third and uhhhh (Harj, you get the idea I am sure) that, right after Ted raised his hand ... with or without the signage
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I think we live in paranoid and political correctness times. but we must make our voices heard and not let these jack asses take state control, a lot of the laws are guidelines and won’t stand up in court but who wants to spend a night in jail, only for it to be throwing out in court.
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That's sad. But good for the photographers who spoke out! That's something I've been meaning to explore in regard to taking photos when traveling. I haven't been to Europe since I was born and would love to take shots (well who wouldn't!?). But nor would I want my expensive gear to be ripped away from me for taking a shot of something everyone can see in public!

Personally, I've never had issues here in Canada when shooting in various locations around the city, but maybe I've been lucky.
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This is for the UK... what about the US or Canada?
Here is a link that may cover situations in Canada.

http://ambientlight.ca/laws.php

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In the States I would just pledge the Fifth and walk away.... hummph out of Staters could see better to not add to others their own problems while visiting the United States of American Please WE Love our freedom of our country! .....If only other countries could see the way then we could all live in a loving world....
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lol, ok guys... I'll see if I have any more pics of "L" from the demo ...

On a more personal note - I've been stopped twice by the police for having the camera with me and I have to say I was pretty peeved when they did that even though I was in full tourist gear - shorts and T shirt!


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