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Slovenian Government Orders Photog to Take Down 11,000 Photos

If your photographs ever include the faces of strangers, you might not want to move to Slovenia. Boštjan Burger, a Slovenian photographer that shoots immersive 360° panoramas, has been ordered by the government there to take down roughly 11,000 photo from his website and delete them from his backups because they violate privacy laws. His crime? Showing faces, street addresses, and license plates in his panoramas taken in public locations. Rather than face a year in jail and a €12,000 (~$20,000) fine, photo pages on his site now read “DISPLAY OF VIRTUAL REALITY PANORAMA IS DISABLED DUE THE SLOVENIAN GOVERNMENT INSPECTION”.

Turns out living in the European Union doesn’t automatically grant you basic photographers’ rights.

(via PanoToolsNG via Facebook )


Thanks for the tip, Mark!


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    the link to the facebook page for bostjan is not working, correct link is here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boštjan-Burger-VR-Photographers-Rights-Threatened-in-EU/167438549992131

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Very worrying indeed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Very worrying indeed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Very worrying indeed.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for catching that

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for catching that

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for catching that

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    np michael, i started that fb page actually – thanks very much to you and petapixel or helping to publicize this matter :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    np michael, i started that fb page actually – thanks very much to you and petapixel or helping to publicize this matter :)

  • will hall

    Ive been following this since Im in the community. One of the objections from the powers that be are that these images are special compared to ‘regular’ images because they are ’3D’ . Clearly they are not and we demonstrate a complete lack of understanding on behalf of authority.
    Have a look at these two thread for the full conversation:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50467
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50623

  • will hall

    Ive been following this since Im in the community. One of the objections from the powers that be are that these images are special compared to ‘regular’ images because they are ’3D’ . Clearly they are not and we demonstrate a complete lack of understanding on behalf of authority.
    Have a look at these two thread for the full conversation:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50467
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50623

  • will hall

    Ive been following this since Im in the community. One of the objections from the powers that be are that these images are special compared to ‘regular’ images because they are ’3D’ . Clearly they are not and we demonstrate a complete lack of understanding on behalf of authority.
    Have a look at these two thread for the full conversation:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50467
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50623

  • will hall

    Ive been following this since Im in the community. One of the objections from the powers that be are that these images are special compared to ‘regular’ images because they are ’3D’ . Clearly they are not and we demonstrate a complete lack of understanding on behalf of authority.
    Have a look at these two thread for the full conversation:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50467
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50623

  • will hall

    Ive been following this since Im in the community. One of the objections from the powers that be are that these images are special compared to ‘regular’ images because they are ’3D’ . Clearly they are not and we demonstrate a complete lack of understanding on behalf of authority.
    Have a look at these two thread for the full conversation:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50467
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PanoToolsNG/message/50623

  • http://www.the-dslr-photographer.com Chio

    What the hell? I’m from Slovenia and I thought our rules were pretty much normal compared to others..

  • Robby Keane

    He wasn’t ordered to remove the photos by anyone, he chose to do so by himself.

    http://www.zurnal24.si/pirc-musarjeva-ni-odredila-umika-fotografij-clanek-129916

  • _sem_

    > he chose to do so by himself
    Well it doesn’t look like he’d be allowed to leave them up without self-censorship either. They basically treat him as a bloody Google’s car, not a photographer. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    botjan was ordered to either deface (literally) years of his own work, or have to remove the images, or otherwise face fine or imprisonment

    so his choices were

    a – alter/deface his images by blurring faces
    b – take the images down from his website
    c – go to jail

    what would you do ?

    he has been assumed guilty of a crime, shown no specific evidence, threatened with punishment, and given neither the assumption of innocence or the right to confront his accuser, all from just “an anonymous complaint”

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    botjan was ordered to either deface (literally) years of his own work, or have to remove the images, or otherwise face fine or imprisonment

    so his choices were

    a – alter/deface his images by blurring faces
    b – take the images down from his website
    c – go to jail

    what would you do ?

    he has been assumed guilty of a crime, shown no specific evidence, threatened with punishment, and given neither the assumption of innocence or the right to confront his accuser, all from just “an anonymous complaint”

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.rohn Sam Rohn

    botjan was ordered to either deface (literally) years of his own work, or have to remove the images, or otherwise face fine or imprisonment

    so his choices were

    a – alter/deface his images by blurring faces
    b – take the images down from his website
    c – go to jail

    what would you do ?

    he has been assumed guilty of a crime, shown no specific evidence, threatened with punishment, and given neither the assumption of innocence or the right to confront his accuser, all from just “an anonymous complaint”

  • M -kowalski

    I always say that the EU is almost the same shit as the Warsaw Pact

  • liamk

    EU-Warsaw pact, please a little perspective. The order is a legal issue relating to privacy and data protection laws that are largely harmonised across all of Europe and the US. I personaly think the order is a step too far but to wrap this up in political attacks on the Slovenian and wider EU nations is a complete lack of perspective on the issue. You can not post the images of people with out consent in nearly every country

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  • Vger

    of course you can. Consent is only required in certain circumstances like commercial use. Does the Slovenian government require photo journalists to chase down everyone that appears in frame at public events when covering those events for the news? I hope so or else it’s discrimination.

  • David Balažic

    This is nonsense (like 90% of “news” and “reports” on the internet these days, it seems…). There was no official action against Burger. Or better stated: There is an ongoing procedure. With zero results until this moment. The decision to remove the images was made by Burger himself.
    But who cares about truth these days, huh?

  • Veronika

    Stefan Geens has explored the case and wrote and article about it: http://dliberation.org/2011/11/11/in-slovenia-panoramic-photography-comes-under-regulatory-attack/ . Burger actually was forced to remove his photos.