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#1 clearcolour


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Posted 02 July 2004 - 03:40 PM

I read with interest the article on Photographer's Rights in the USA by Bert P. Krages author of the "Legal Handbook for Photographers", which says that permissible subjects are e.g transportation facilities

This morning I took my camera to Paddington Station (I live nearby) and took some general images of the concourse, trains etc, nothing at all private. I was told by a member of the staff ...

'Sorry sir you are not allowed to take pictures.
'This is a public place
'Sorry sir you are not allowed to take pictures
'can you tell me why?
'because you are not allowed
'but why am I not allowed?
'because you are not allowed
'you are repeating yourself
'no I am not you are not allowed

I've got an expensive camera so decided discretion was the rule.

Do you know, is this correct and why?



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Posted 02 July 2004 - 08:09 PM

Go figure why some does'nt want us to take pictures.

I work at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, and they tell every body to take pictures, because the show is their for that.

But if you try to snap a picture while the FIA Blue shirt are standing close by, you may lose a few pictures on your camera.

And with digital picture it's now so easy to snap a few fast one, because the flash is not needed in many cases.

So if you want to snap a few good shot and for some reasons they dont want to let you. Have one or two friends with you and try not to use the flash and snap a few. Your friend are their to help hide that your snaping a few picture. A canera with a black casing helps a lot, but wear dark colors it helps.

Because a picture is the extention of our memories!

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:47 PM

I'm sorry to say but I think that you are wrong regarding the Paddington Station concourse. huh.gif

I THINK you will find that it is privately owned land onto which they "invite" the public to use their facilities, so you are subject to their rules. It might be called public transport, in the same way a pub is a public house, but it doesn't mean you have a right to enter it or do what you want in / on it. ph34r.gif

If anyone out there can correct me on this one I'd be pleased to hear from you. wink.gif



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Posted 13 July 2004 - 11:37 AM

The General Rule
The general rule in the United States
is that anyone may take photographs
of whatever they want when they are
in a public place or places where they
have permission to take photographs.
Absent a specific legal prohibition
such as a statute or ordinance, you are
legally entitled to take photographs.
Examples of places that are traditionally
considered public are streets,
sidewalks, and public parks.
Property owners may legally prohibit
photography on their premises
but have no right to prohibit others
from photographing their property
from other locations. Whether you
need permission from property owners
to take photographs while on their
premises depends on the circumstances.
In most places, you may reasonably
assume that taking photographs
is allowed and that you do not
need explicit permission. However,
this is a judgment call and you should
request permission when the circumstances
suggest that the owner is likely
to object. In any case, when a property
owner tells you not to take photographs
while on the premises, you are
legally obligated to honor the request.

From Bert P. Krages

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for your input. Paddington Station is in London UK, I wonder if the rules are different here?

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 07:01 AM

Well, I know recently in the US, there was talk of a ban of photography on the subway systems in New York - for national security reasons. While I think this particular ban is a little over the top, there are legit reasons why certain places do not allow photographs, mainly for security reasons... like in malls, theaters, work places, etc, so not to reveal the layout as well as where security cameras and devices are located... etc... with the introduction of camera phones, however, public photography has come under a lot of scrutiny...

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 07:29 PM

9/11 has made us change our way of living.I tryed to bring my camera to a local museum was told to check the camera with the gard. Nikon d1x I do not think so. I left with no photos. Bridge's are off limits also during elevated security days,code orange. NYC sad.gif
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 07:08 PM

Don't know about Britain, but here's a link to a site in the U.S. about this topic.....

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