So once again, a friend of mine asked me about what a photographer's rights are? I knew I had an answer, but had to dig for it.
So here it is... Of course this applies to anyone with a device that takes pictures, whether still or in motion. Hence, yes, it applies to cinematographers or videographers as well.
I am now posting this on my blog for two reasons:
1. My memory sucks. Therefore, I have to search and hunt this down every time someone asks.
2. It's a "cool blog entry of value" (CBEOV - love those acronyms) and hence is a place I can send people to. Of course then they also get to see all my other cool stuff. Yeah, I know, real sneaky on my part.
So here it is, courtesy of an attorney by the name of Bert P. Krages II (this will open a new window). Not only has he clearly defined the rights, but also has made them available for download in PDF format (you might want to simply right click this and do a "save as") so that you can carry this with you at all times.
So the next time someone tries to give you a hard time for standing on a sidewalk and shooting a sunset, or whatever, whip this document out and make them read it. The law is on your side!
Watch out cops and "wanna be" officials - we "picture takers", "filmers", "shooters", "photogs", "b-roll artists", "stock dudes", "camera guys", "camera gals", are well armed with the law in our pocket!