Sunday, 23 September 2007

Photography is Not a Crime

Having read about some of the trouble that a photo-blogger got into in the USA (link), I followed up some of the links. The first link was to JPG Magazine, where issue 5 had the rallying cry that I used in the post title.

The UK Photographers Rights Guide. Although written in 2004, and accepting that you accept that the authors have no responsibility for the advice given (i.e. if you get into trouble, hire an expert).

There is an American version from 2006 (pdf link), dealing more with how to deal with harassment and security guards making up the law as they go.

Bear in mind that the law is constantly changing, and that many police have an "attitude test" - be a pratt, and you'll be treated like one. Know your rights, know your responsibilities and don't be afraid to say that "actually, I'm on public land, and the law says ... ", all in a professional manner, as you note their badge number.