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    Good advice. I may be a 'genious' with robots, a poor photographer, and an opinionated a**, but in legal situations I'm the last guy on earth whose advice you want to follow.
    My personal approach in these situations is, if the photo is up close and personal I ask for permission. Has nothing to do with law, just curtesy -- that 'golden rule' thing. A signed release never hurts, though...

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    check the linkspage on http://photopermit.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
    check the linkspage on http://photopermit.org
    I read that article earlier. While I disagree with the behavior of the police in the first one -- totally unprofessional behavior on their part, unfortunately with things being as they are now I can certainly understand people being concerned about some guy up on a rooftop pointing an object toward a school sporting event. It's easy to say 'but it was just a camera!' How is everyone else supposed to know it's 'just' a camera? Yes, the police did over react a little, but what would have happened had they under reacted and he was a sniper?

    But, the original question wasn't really about getting arrested for 'looking unprofessional', it was about the need for a release to avoid future civil lawsuits and such. As far as I understand the law in America, I can be in my own bedroom making out with my best friend's wife and if you're standing on the sidewalk and can see us through my bedroom window, you can take our photo and get it put on the cover of Newsweek if you can and there's nothing I can legally do about it, and I'm certainly nobody of interest to anyone (a true, 'private' citizen).
    Here the law says if I want privacy in my home, draw the curtains. If I don't want someone taking my photo -- or video taping me or recording what I say in public, then don't go out in public. The amazing thing to me is how many people here don't realize that -- they actually believe that because they aren't celebrities I can't take their photo without permission. I even had a man confidently inform me once I could not photograph his house without his permission -- and I was standing (literally) in the middle of a public road!
    This last is getting a little off the subject but, if people realized just how little real right to privacy they actually legally have, they may understand a little better how celebrities feel about paparazzi -- but that's really another subject...

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    I said the links page! Not the front page....

    http://www.photopermit.org/?page_id=67

    BTW, I think it was in the UK where a couple were eating lunch at an outdoor restaurant table, and were snapped by a PJ for the local Sunday paper restaurant review, and the pic ran -- trick is, they were meeting at the restaurant as part of an extramarital affair. So once exposed they sued the newspaper! And lost. Still funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
    I said the links page! Not the front page....
    Doh!

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