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UK photographers: the law and your rights: discussion

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Feb 10, 2007.


More photography laws?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Restrict it to professionals

    0 vote(s)
  4. Create a license/register for it

  5. Am busy stalking someone click......click

  1. pk

    pk drink flounce rinse repeat

    I've shot tons of things on the DLR, used to jump through all the hoops to get permission (no tripods allowed, accompanied by staff at all times, limited to off peak hours, and administration fees).

    Now I just show up and shoot, not been caught the last 3 times I've done it.
  2. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie They only call it class war when we fight back

  3. markreed

    markreed Well-Known Member

    OMG I'm a famous!
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm surprised they released you after you took those dangerous photographs. You surely are a threat to national security.

    Or something.
  5. Paul Russell

    Paul Russell Psychogeographer

    Next time you are carrying out your evildoing surveillance, pick a day without mist!
  6. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

    Sorry Mark but now you have posted on here they have opened a file on you. Everybody here is a dangerous threat to security.
  7. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie They only call it class war when we fight back

  8. GoneCoastal

    GoneCoastal Anything for WelshCakes R.I.P.

    And it's happening again


    "All photographers are potential terrorists, say police"

    C&P From article:

    "Police routinely treat anyone seen taking pictures in public as potential terrorists, officers have told photography students during special police-led workshops.
    Thirty-nine commercial photography students at Cleveland College of Art & Design have taken part in training sessions after tutors themselves fell victim to police stops.
    'They [students] have been looking into the way criminals recce areas using photography, video footage and note-making,' said a college spokesman.
    'Police officers are encouraged to approach anyone seen taking photographs or making notes as an effective and proportionate way to prevent and detect serious crime and terrorism.' "
  9. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    What the fuck is going on over there? Has everyone in authority completely lost their mind? Are there really people who think that harassing casual photographers is going to prevent even a single act of terrorism or criminal activity?
  10. andyzot

    andyzot New Member

    What is the law concerning displaying other road users vehicle registration numbers in photos on the internet.
    They wouldn't be the subject matter but there as part of the photo.

  11. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Not illegal in and of itself.
  12. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    I can't claim to be certain that there is no law against this, but this is one of those areas where any law against it would make absolutely no sense.

    A vehicle registration number is, by definition, a public piece of information. It is designed specifically to be displayed in public, and to allow people who don't know who owns any particular vehicle to differentiate one vehicle from another. Every time you drive your car on a public street, or park it in your driveway, you are displaying the license plate for the whole world to see.
  13. DannyD

    DannyD New Member

    "Oy! Oy! You! You with the camera!" this is so funny...

    I wonder if anyone has got any advice on my dilemma - I was taking photos of groups of people in a public area with a fountain - in front of the town hall - I assume this area belongs to the city council? Anyway, loads of kids were playing in the fountain, people were sitting on the grass, etc - there are always loads of people in this area - so I decided to take shots of various random shots of people, wide shots of the whole place, as well as shots of kids playing in the fountain - it was a very hot day - after I had finished, I was stopped by 2 police officers (not uniform) and asked why I was taking loads of photos and what I was going to do with the photos - I explained it was for a photographic book competition and needed to take loads of photos in order to get at least one good shot from the shoot - overall they were OK and I just cooperated with them by searching my bag and looking at what I had shot - no action was taken in the end and didn't even tell me to delete the kids shots.

    The question I want to ask is - one of the pictures I might consider using for my book - 2 kids playing in the fountain - the shot of 2 kids are not identifiable - one is got back towards the camera so you can't see the face, and the other I can make into a silhouette - I can even change the colour of clothing - there is nothing in the shot, as far as I can tell that identifies the kids (maybe only the location can be identified, but not the kids) - just in case there are any issues - I didn't have permission to photo the kids from the parents -

    Can I still use this type of photo for my book competition?
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    If they were in a public place and you won't be using their images to 'front' commercial products or otherwise misrepresent them, yes.
  15. DannyD

    DannyD New Member

    thanks for that, much appreciated - there is so much ambiguity and paranoia involved, thanks.
  16. winjer

    winjer holocene death beat

    "I don't appreciate being filmed. [...] I am the law" - Met PC D724
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    To show what photographers can expect to put up with in London, six photographers from activist group ' Shoot Experience ' were despatched to various parts of London and asked to take photographs. As expected, every one of the photographers found themselves being confronted by witless security guards, with the police being called on three occasions.

  18. kmarxs&sparks

    kmarxs&sparks Active Member

    Is this London or north fucking Korea?
  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    can't be north korea cos there's enough to eat here
  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    What was encouraging was that the police seem to have finally developed a clue but the security guards remains as stupid as ever.
  21. kmarxs&sparks

    kmarxs&sparks Active Member

    Jesus fucking Christ!
    I can see how the cop may be concerned about the embassy but he was well out of order.

    Did the copper get reported?
  22. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

    N.B. City of London police, not the Met.

    I could be slightly cynical and wonder if word got round the smaller force what was really going on, but it's good to see.
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The photographer does an admirable job of keeping his cool and thoroughly outwitting the cop.
  24. laptop

    laptop Freudenschade

    I wondered about that. Out loud. Ossifer smiled.

    But it's not hard to deduce, when they had 6 photographers, each accomanied by a video camera-person, all going "OK, call the cops, then, please," that this is a test. :D
  25. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

    One of my neighbours is a CoL PC. I'll have to see if she heard anything :)
  26. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

  27. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    Well, not quite.

    It's not "the police" that are trying have criminal wiretapping charges brought against the woman; it's a single disgruntled cop who was disciplined as a result of the video. The legal types quoted in this story don't seem to think he has much of a chance of succeeding in his efforts to have her charged, and the spokesperson for the police department makes clear that the complaint was filed personally, and not on behalf of the police department.
  28. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Lots of backfilling by that cop toward the end.:D
  29. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

    The case was thrown out by the court

  30. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in San Diego

    Thanks for the update. I think it's a good result, not only in this particular case, but for the precedent it sets in Massachusetts. The idea that police should be protected from being filmed or recorded when performing their duties in public is very problematic, and i think the DA's decision that they have no expectation of privacy in such situations is heartening.

    The most depressing part of the whole story is that a cop who participated in a brutal beating that left the victim with "nearly every bone in his face broken, teeth knocked out and partially blinded in one eye" was only suspended for 45 days.

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