Posts Tagged ‘consent’

Candid Photos of Strangers May Soon be Illegal in The Philippines, Even if They’re Just in the Background

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There’s a new law in the works in The Philippines that may soon make it illegal to photograph strangers without their permission… even if they just appear by chance in the background of your photos. According to a government official, even selfies with people appearing in the background would be a no-no. Read more…

Taking Photos Without Permission is Now Illegal in Hungary, Photographers Outraged

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Effective today, a new civil code in Hungary makes it illegal to take a photograph without obtaining permission from everybody in the photo, making street photographers’ and photojournalists’ jobs infinitely more complicated and opening the door for a landslide of litigation. Read more…

New Vermont Bill Would Make it Illegal to Photograph Anybody Without Consent

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A short form bill was recently introduced into the Vermont House of Representatives that ought to have photographers curious, if not worried. That’s because this particular bill seeks to “make it illegal to [photograph] a person without his or her consent … and distribute it,” essentially outlawing most forms of public photography. Read more…

Shooting Kids without Parental Consent May Become 3rd Degree Crime in NJ

New Jersey is considering a new law that would make it a third-degree crime to photograph children without parental consent. More specifically, bill A3297 would prevent people from shooting photos or videos of children when “a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be the subject of such reproduction”. Apparently the bill was proposed after a 63-year-old pedophile was caught recording young children at a swimming pool last summer, but was released because he hadn’t committed any serious crime. In New Jersey, third-degree crimes carry potential punishments of 3-5 years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

It’s too bad bad a few bad apples always seem to ruin things for legitimate photographers.

(via nj.com via Reddit)


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