The US Supreme Court has ruled that online retailers will have to collect sales taxes from now on. For photographers and videographers, this means you no longer will be able to buy cheaper, tax-free gear from online retailers like B&H or Adorama.
This is a somewhat limited bit not insignificant ruling. Techdirt reports that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has “sort of” decided that the Supreme Court’s Riley decision isn’t just for phones. It covers digital cameras, too.
In the case in question, a robbery suspect’s backpack was searched. In it, amongst other things, they found a camera. The police searched it without a warrant and discovered a photograph of the suspect next to what was later to be a stolen gun. This led to two convictions. One for stolen property and the other for carrying a firearm without a license.
Do you think you have what it takes to become the official photographer of the US Supreme Court? If you do, you’ll be happy to know that they are hiring people for this position. It’s a full-time job with a wide salary range, between $54,972 and $86,460 per year. And from the posting, it seems like the job most professional and dedicated photographers could do.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer took a break from the courtroom to promote his new book on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
The book was only briefly mentioned but Colbert took the opportunity to gain insight regarding various court-related issues, including why cameras are still banned in the highest federal court in the United States.
“Why can’t we watch you if the Supreme Court repeatedly rules that we can be watched by the government?” Colbert asked the justice.
Obviously used to being asked that very same question, justice Breyer was quick to defend and explain the ban, though he admitted it could be a “fabulous educational process”.