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At This Rate, All the Hipsters in LA Will Be Locked Up in No Time

The Long Beach Police Department’s hunt for photos with “no apparent esthetic value” quickly became national news last week. Here’s a news segment in which Alyona Minkovski of RT speaks out against the erosion of photographers’ rights in the United States:

I understand that the Department of Homeland Security has a job to do, but we can’t just automatically assume that any photographer out there is a terrorist. At this rate I’m pretty sure that all the hipsters in LA will be locked up in no time.

Hopefully the publicity that these stories receive will make it easier for photo-enthusiasts to shoot in public without being harassed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Well, if it’s photos with no apparent aesthetic value they want, they can have most of mine!

  • MikeyD

    She’s seriously hot!!!!

  • Seth Christie

    Haha, as I clicked though, I wondered how far down I would have to read to find a comment like this.

  • PepsiAddict

    Google photography car operators should be careful while working the streets of LA. Since Google Street View photos have very little artistic merit, they could be detained for possibly aiding and abetting terroristism. GSV sure has a lot of infrastructure images, which are freely available to anyone anywhere who may have nefarious intent. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mauricio.munuera Mauricio Munuera

    See what you did? Thanks A LOT, Osama… you son of a…

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.suzuki Daniel Yu Suzuki

    So… What if you shoot film? Are they going to process it for you before they can determine the “esthetic value”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.suzuki Daniel Yu Suzuki

    So… What if you shoot film? Are they going to process it for you before they can determine the “esthetic value”?

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    Wouldn’t blame him for it tho. It’s more what the government do. When the government act like this they are more aiding terrorism then fighting it.

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    Wouldn’t blame him for it tho. It’s more what the government do. When the government act like this they are more aiding terrorism then fighting it.

  • Fed Up!

    The rat bastages will only stop upon losing in court. Quit complaining and start SUING!

  • Faucetgraffiti

    Fuck Da Police!

  • Cmest2

    i can see where this is coming from, but this news station blew this way out of proportion… Officers arent just stopping everyone snapping a photo or 2 of scenery, theyre stopping and checking people who are walking around taking pics of every little thing in a place, especially things such as trains, govt buildings, planes, etc. Theyre checking to make sure that no one is making plans or able to completely lay out a building by pics for public safety. If you listened you should have heard that you can get permits to take pics of whatever you want. Although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. Those of you that completely agree that this is wrong are probably the same ones that complain about not being able to take huge bottles of hygeine products on a carry on bag. There were multiple plane bombings where a bottle of contact solution/ eye drops and a mixture in a shampoo bottle, along with a watch and a battery were enough to make a small bomb. Again, although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. 

  • Cmest2

    i can see where this is coming from, but this news station blew this way out of proportion… Officers arent just stopping everyone snapping a photo or 2 of scenery, theyre stopping and checking people who are walking around taking pics of every little thing in a place, especially things such as trains, govt buildings, planes, etc. Theyre checking to make sure that no one is making plans or able to completely lay out a building by pics for public safety. If you listened you should have heard that you can get permits to take pics of whatever you want. Although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. Those of you that completely agree that this is wrong are probably the same ones that complain about not being able to take huge bottles of hygeine products on a carry on bag. There were multiple plane bombings where a bottle of contact solution/ eye drops and a mixture in a shampoo bottle, along with a watch and a battery were enough to make a small bomb. Again, although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. 

  • Cmest2

    i can see where this is coming from, but this news station blew this way out of proportion… Officers arent just stopping everyone snapping a photo or 2 of scenery, theyre stopping and checking people who are walking around taking pics of every little thing in a place, especially things such as trains, govt buildings, planes, etc. Theyre checking to make sure that no one is making plans or able to completely lay out a building by pics for public safety. If you listened you should have heard that you can get permits to take pics of whatever you want. Although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. Those of you that completely agree that this is wrong are probably the same ones that complain about not being able to take huge bottles of hygeine products on a carry on bag. There were multiple plane bombings where a bottle of contact solution/ eye drops and a mixture in a shampoo bottle, along with a watch and a battery were enough to make a small bomb. Again, although its inconvenient, its for everyones safety. 

  • Cmest2

    GSV applies for the proper permits that were mentioned in the story