Re: protest nyc's proposed film and photo law Thurs Aug 2 Union Sq

From: John Matturri (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 01 2007 - 17:33:20 PDT

Melissa Parson wrote:
> filming someone who doesn't want to be filmed
It should be noted that it in the US is perfectly legal to photograph
anyone or any building in a public place. Even Rudy Giuliani, an amateur
photographer, affirmed that principle as have the courts. Using the
material is more complicated, the standard being that commercial uses
need a release and editorial uses do not. In term of still photography
that means that you can use anyone's picture in a book or gallery show
but not in an ad. Not exactly sure of how this applies to film.

There was recently a proposal to ban photography in the subway system;
public outcry kept this from being implemented though a week or so a
transit cop told me in a very friendly manner to watch out about taking
photos in the subway. Not at all harassing but also, as seems to be
common, not really knowing the law. (Once was nearly arrested for
photographing people at Coney Island and got apologies, promises of
better training, and encouragement to carry on by the head of the
precinct and the head of the Parks Department.)

A good source of information, oriented to still photography is:


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