David Updike from Cambridge, Massachusetts was ‘detained’ by six policeman after a woman reported him to the cops for taking photos of children in a local park in his open letter just goes to show that not everyone who is sitting on a bench in a park with a camera is a ‘creep’
It’s no secret that photographers are often given a hard time by law enforcement officers, especially near sensitive buildings.
Be it due to abuse of power or ignorance of the law, the presence of a photographer near a security-related building is bound to attract the attention of the local authorities, and aerial photography using drones is no exception as can be seen in the video below.
While the drone operator seems to have been out hoping that police would infringe his constitutional rights, the trooper that stopped him seemed to have a lacking understanding of the law.
The dispute between the two came to an end when the sergeant in charge called off his officer and apologized to the drone operator, but it paints a worrying picture.
Do civil right advocates have to ruffle feathers to hold their ground, and when will law enforcement agencies finally get their act together?
Madelyn Milton, a doctoral student from Minneapolis, was out last year with her friends when an argument with a taxi driver over the fare led to police being called.
The young women decided to record police sergeant Tyrone Barze, and when Madelyn stood up for her right to record him she ended “lying unconscious and bleeding in the street”, according to the lawsuit.
Despite this being the fourth lawsuit against Barze, Minneapolis police union president described him as an “excellent” officer.
The police union chief’s response to the lawsuit was even more infuriating.
An Illinois woman, who was arrested and charges were filed against her after she recorded police officers on her friend’s property without their consent, decided to fight back and stand up for her rights.
Ironically enough the officers themselves were not given permission to enter the property in the first place. Additionally, the Illinois Eavesdropping Act under which the woman was arrested had already been ruled unconstitutional.
PINAC reports that after filing a lawsuit against the city of Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, and the police officers involved, the woman accepted a $117,500 settlement.
In the settlement agreement the city insists that the agreement is not an admission that the police “acted wrongfully”, but the videos below paint a different picture.
As a kid, I always loved receiving mail. It was exciting and made one little narcissist-in-training feel important. As an adult, I loath mail. What isn’t junk mail is bills, and I would be perfectly content to do without.
However, one piece of mail that Portland, Oregon photographer Jeff Kunkle was not expecting was a bill for $100 from the city for selling his own photographs.
In a move reversing a 40-year ban that I didn’t even know existed, the White House has lifted its photography restrictions. For more than four decades, visitors to the White House have not been allowed to take photos during tours. With this new decision, you will be allowed to document your visit, selfie all over the place, and share your bunny ears on Secret Service guards on social media. However, there are still restrictions…
Will public photography soon be impossible in Europe? A new proposal being submitted in the European Union parliament may mean almost that.
“Freedom of Panorama” is a a term we don’t hear frequently, but its importance is vital to the photography community. In short, Freedom of Panorama is a part of copyright law that gives individuals the freedom to create works of art (whether they be paintings, family snapshots, professional images, videos, etc.) in public. The specifics vary from country to country, but, in many places around the world, this is allowed for both personal and commercial use.
However, opponents within the EU want to pass legislation removing this freedom in all European countries. This would mean that, when taking any photograph or creating a video in public, you must obtain the permission of the copyright holder for any copyrighted work that may appear in it, including buildings, landmarks, and works of art.
Imagine this: Two guys on a beach, sipping margaritas and baring their souls to each other. After a while, they decide to spend some time flying their drones around, leaving smoke trails in the sky. We aren’t certain what all these guys may have been doing prior to testing out their drones, but Kevin Henderson was kind enough to upload a video of the confrontation for the rest of us to play armchair expert.
While China typically seems content with simply taking our souls in exchange for feeding our rampant materialism with affordable products, they seem to have picked up a little American prudishness along the way. Chinese photographer Wang Dong (stop snickering, thou perverts) has sparked a considerable deal of outrage after posting nude photos of models taken inside the Forbidden City.
The images, which surfaced on the Interwebs in May, depict bare-chested and fully naked models posing throughout the palace museum. One model is even pictured riding a stone dragon that is part of the architecture. (Creativity…what will they think of next?). The 2 corresponding tumblr posts [NSFW] received over 3,100 notes and reblogs.
First off, allow me to preface this post by saying that I regard anything coming from Photography Is Not a Crime with suspicion. From what I’ve learned in life, anyone who is that dogmatic about something is typically biased.
With that out of the way, PINAC posted a video showing a June 11th run-in with correctional officers in Baltimore who demanded a PINAC film crew (and I use that term loosely) cease operations on the sidewalk outside the Chesapeake Detention Facility. In the video, a correctional officer tells them, “Nah, nah…state property, you can’t film here.” To which the PINAC crew said hogwash and began a typical round of photo rights protesting.