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Old 25-08-2008, 17:47   #1 (permalink)
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If anybody is concerned about thier rights or otherwise in photography or have ever been hasseled by some self important, pretentious,ignorant official,or the police even;there is a very good guide to the relevant law available for free download from the following site..www.sirimo.co.uk ..Its of a general nature obviousely but still quite comprehensive and is contained on just two A4 sheets,or one double sided.
My copy goes with me everywhere my camera goes ,you just don,t know when you are goeing to come up against these people and its nice to be able to quote your rights with some conviction!
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If anybody is concerned about thier rights or otherwise in photography or have ever been hasseled by some self important, pretentious,ignorant official,or the police even;there is a very good guide to the relevant law available for free download from the following site..Stock Photography and Digital Images ..Its of a general nature obviousely but still quite comprehensive and is contained on just two A4 sheets,or one double sided.
My copy goes with me everywhere my camera goes ,you just don,t know when you are goeing to come up against these people and its nice to be able to quote your rights with some conviction!
Interesting read - many thanks

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Thanks!! This is informative and recommend everyone to read it!!

Just wondering... I was told to delete photos when I took some shots of a merry go around at night with children on it. An angry mother started to have a go on me saying children were precious and I had no right to take photos of them... Gosh, it was a festival held in my University campus and they were the visitor to my area... I deleted the photos in her face but I just didn't feel I had to do it...

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Thanks!! This is informative and recommend everyone to read it!!

Just wondering... I was told to delete photos when I took some shots of a merry go around at night with children on it. An angry mother started to have a go on me saying children were precious and I had no right to take photos of them... Gosh, it was a festival held in my University campus and they were the visitor to my area... I deleted the photos in her face but I just didn't feel I had to do it...

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Did you have the permision to take photographs from the Univerity Campus:

If yes - then you don't have to delete them and if you feel threatened by someone to do so, simply walk away. If they persist delete them in front of them. Then change the memory card and recover the images later as they should be intact.

If no - then you shouldn't take them.

I specialise in Cycling Photography and I carry a CRB which is obtained on my behalf by British Cycling. I take a lot of competitive photographs of kids and to date I have never been asked not to take a photo of anyone. If I was I would simply show them a copy of my CRB and the covering letter from British Cycling. I'll also carry a copy of this document which started this thread from now on.
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erm... I don't aware that I am required permissions from my University to take photos and I was not warned when I walked pass the University securities with my camera and tripod.

I wouldn't have deleted them if that angry mother wasn't that annoying... These days I just totally avoid taking any photo of children... just in case I get into trouble. But if I find some good opportunities I might still take the shots and when I get asked I will explain my intentions and my rights (if in trouble).

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erm... I don't aware that I am required permissions from my University to take photos and I was not warned when I walked pass the University securities with my camera and tripod.

I wouldn't have deleted them if that angry mother wasn't that annoying... These days I just totally avoid taking any photo of children... just in case I get into trouble. But if I find some good opportunities I might still take the shots and when I get asked I will explain my intentions and my rights (if in trouble).

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It's always a good idea to check with a event organiser about photography (irrespective of the venue) as they may have a registration system for "phototypes". Security personal may not know or cares.
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Oh right... I'll double check next time
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Unfortunately police officers aren't issued with copies of photographers' rights.

Today I had an aggressive police sargeant in my face demanding I delete a picture that he may or may not have been in, and threatening to seize my camera. I refused on both counts and suggested that, before he got himself in trouble and made himself look stupid, that he check his facts. Luckily he wasn't as confident of his rights as I was of mine, and he backed off, whilst threatening to 'find me and seize the camera' if the picture showed up anywhere publicly.

To be honest I was in beligerent mood and would happily have been arrested if necessary. I'm fed up with dull-witted plods who know less about the law than I do.
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