Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bert Krages and Photographic Law

It is important to understand your rights as a videoblogger or user of web video. If you find yourself in an law enforcement or conflict situation with a security guard you need to know your rights. Camera users have been under extra scrutiny since 9/11 and that is not going to change.

Burt Krages Photographic Law Document
You do have rights and responsibilities. Mr. Krages is an attorney and has published a book on photographic law. In addition, he has a guide to what your rights are as a photographer/videographer.

Let me add that when law enforcement is concerned you should be extra cautious; cameras have been confiscated and recordings destroyed. Protect yourself first, make sure you are not interfering with a crime scene/investigation and protect your recording.

Other Resources

  • Andrew Hudson at PhotoSecrets also has a free guide to photography and the law. Andrew does state that is not a lawyer and refers to Bert Krages for citation.
  • Rannie at PhotoJunkie.ca has a Canadian view of photographic rights.
  • Andrew Kantor has an 8 page Legal Rights of Photographers Guide that you can download.

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