Coming soon to a neighborhood near you! -- Since the only thing rapid about “snail mail” is the speed it’s fading into disuse, no one should be surprised at the growing number of abandoned post offices. These once-proud centers of commerce and communication are, one by one, following video rental stores and record shops into irrelevance and extinction.Read more »
On June 7, 2012, I attended Pinellas County Traffic Court to support my friend Chris. Chris was in court to defend himself against a red light ticket and tried to motion the court to dismiss the case based on not just one, but many constitutional arguments. Upon Chrisâ?? motion to have a jury trial under the seventh amendment, the judge said that the seventh amendment only applied to criminal cases.Read more »
Pennsylvania photographer Jason Macchioni was taking photographs from a bridge in Elizabethtown the other night for a time-lapsed video, which naturally got the cops thinking he would then try to blow up the bridge or something.Read more »
An animated musical video about photographer's rights. Presented by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Gregory Brothers and the ACLU.Read more »
Another story about the increasing illegality of photography.Read more »
Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures "with no apparent esthetic value" is within Long Beach Police Department policy.Read more »
Reason.tv's Producer Jim Epstein's Arrest on June 22, 2011.Read more »
Apple recently registered a patent for a device that would prevent an iPhone's camera from working upon transmission of an infrared beam. Ostensibly this is to prevent unlicensed recordings of live concerts and other events, but it's easy to guess at an even worse application: Police using this technology to prevent "illegal" photography of their activities. The moral is clear: If you want to be able to use your own camera, wherever you want, don't buy an iPhone!Read more »
Today I was harassed and ticketed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police at the entrance to the Long Island Railroad portion of Penn Station on W. 34th St. for lawfully photographing armed soldiers and police. Please excuse the darkness of the majority of this piece of media as I had the video cam in my pocket to pick up audio which goes in and out at times but gives you an idea of some of that which was said by the officers and myself.
Poster's note: Pay close attention at 3:10, awesome exchange. That's how it's done.
And what's with the soldiers in the streets anyway?Read more »
Reason.com's Radley Balko cites current cases regarding cops harassing photographers and the legality of taking photos. It is all about power... not security.
More here ( http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/06/the_war_on_phot.html )as encryption expert Bruce Schneier speaks up on harassment of photographers, legality of taking photos, and the myth that terrorists use photographs of their targets to prepare their attacks.Read more »
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