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Old 05-19-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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The Chief of Police in NYC has clarified to his officers what the right of photographers are in the city. I hope this means no more hassles for people with cameras.

Link to Gary Crabbe story.

   
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:22 PM   #2
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The Chief of Police in NYC has clarified to his officers what the right of photographers are in the city. I hope this means no more hassles for people with cameras.

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Interesting. And good advice for photographers — arguing with a police office seems likely to raise the ante!

Similar issues in NYC between the police and bicyclists, btw. And now also with bicycles on the Metro North trains.

All normal activities sometimes treated as if they were criminal acts.

   
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It seems to me that the authorities (here as well as on your side of the pond) are doing at least some of the work of the terrorists - albeit quietly and without violence. We lose more and more freedoms silently - either through actual law, or the poor interpretation of it by the guy on the street.
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It seems to me that the authorities (here as well as on your side of the pond) are doing at least some of the work of the terrorists - albeit quietly and without violence. We lose more and more freedoms silently - either through actual law, or the poor interpretation of it by the guy on the street.
This is one of my biggest fears in today's world. That we will become what we are guarding against.

   
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I suspect that many in authority are finding it a wonderful excuse to be able to do what they've been dreaming of for many a long year.

It must be quite enjoyable living in a police state if you happen to be in charge of the police.

   
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And have you noticed that politicians who bleat about freedom and human rights issues suddenly discover that they (the principles) are not quite so appealing once they are in power?

For example, if (when) the Conservatives get in here, I wonder if they will really repeal the ID card scheme? I do hope so, but am not holding my breath.
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The Chief of Police in NYC has clarified to his officers what the right of photographers are in the city. I hope this means no more hassles for people with cameras.

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Great information! Philadelphia should have the same policy.

I am going to post this on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, if it is not already there.
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There is a furore in the UK (OK, a few photogrpahers are getting annoyed) because the National Trust, a charitable organisation which holds huge acreages of coastal and rural land in trust for the nation, has recently decided that all photos taken on its land (in the middle of a field for example) are now only for private personal use, and may not be used for commercial purposes. It all seems to be on the back of byelaws designed to stop harrassment of NT visitors by hawkers (CMOT Dibbler springs to mind, for Pratchett fans), and probably not entirely unconnected with the fact that the commercial arm of the organisation has its own photo library. I'm glad I cancelled my subscription a couple of years ago.
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I have long argued here in the UK that by infringing on our civil liberties the state risks alienating its citizens from the state, which can only help the terrorists.

   
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Couldn't agree more - they are doing just what the extremists want far more effectively and unobtrusively.
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