Constitutionally Civil Rights

Know Your Rights: Photographers

Great article here. This is all well settled law but selectively obeyed if convenient by “The Man.” During the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul I got harassed but no gear or cards taken. Others weren’t so lucky! –MKT

Musings from a Middle Aged Man

CamFlagTaking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.

Your rights as a photographer:

  • When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view. That includes pictures of federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police. Such photography is a form of publicoversight over the government and is important in a free society.
  • When you are on private property, the property owner may set rules about the taking of photographs. If you disobey the property owner’s rules, they can order you off their property (and have…

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