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post #1 of 46 Old 07-27-2009, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Photography and the law

ok so i know you can legally take pictures of anything and everything as long as you are in a public place. however my question is, is the inside of a building public? i went to a PetLand (place where you can buy animals) and they had a sign that said NO PHOTOGRAPHY and they will confiscate your stuff. would that store be considered a public place as the public can come and go as they please? or is it a private place and the owner just allows the public to go in? just wondering if they really could stop you from taking pictures

same question but what about with a mall?


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Privately owned, they have a right to say what goes on in their store. Allowing the public to enter a business does not make it public property.

Same goes for the mall. Usually retailers in malls rent their space, while the mall it self is owned by someone else....that would include their lot. They can ask you to leave there too.
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Not sure about the question but the photos are very good.
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ok so i know you can legally take pictures of anything and everything as long as you are in a public place. however my question is, is the inside of a building public? i went to a PetLand (place where you can buy animals) and they had a sign that said NO PHOTOGRAPHY and they will confiscate your stuff. would that store be considered a public place as the public can come and go as they please? or is it a private place and the owner just allows the public to go in? just wondering if they really could stop you from taking pictures

same question but what about with a mall?
No I don't think that is true that you can legally take a picture of anything you want as long as you are in a public place.
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You can't take pictures of just anything, whether you're in public or not.

You can't take pictures of military installations or gear/vehicles without prior permission. You could, quite literally, be shot. While it's an extreme case, it still shows that you can't just take pictures whenever you want.

Maybe the camera flash freaks out the animals?

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i came in here thinking you had been aressted for your zombie pics.

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If you are on a public sidewalk or public property, and it can be seen with the naked eye, it is legal to be taken. A store, mall, mall parking lot is not public property. They reserve the right to allow photography or not. As for military installations, I can't see it being a problem if you are on public sidewalks. Now, if you are taking a picture of someone from a sidewalk with a 1000X zoom, I don't believe that is legal.
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As for military installations, I can't see it being a problem if you are on public sidewalks. Now, if you are taking a picture of someone from a sidewalk with a 1000X zoom, I don't believe that is legal.
No can do. Any picture of a base shows their security measures: fences, gates, guards, etc. If you're caught they'll probably confiscate the camera and have a nice chat with you. This is especially true overseas (Germany, Italy, England, etc.).

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No can do. Any picture of a base shows their security measures: fences, gates, guards, etc. If you're caught they'll probably confiscate the camera and have a nice chat with you. This is especially true overseas (Germany, Italy, England, etc.).
Someone better tell google earth!
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ok so i know you can legally take pictures of anything and everything as long as you are in a public place. however my question is, is the inside of a building public? i went to a PetLand (place where you can buy animals) and they had a sign that said NO PHOTOGRAPHY and they will confiscate your stuff. would that store be considered a public place as the public can come and go as they please? or is it a private place and the owner just allows the public to go in? just wondering if they really could stop you from taking pictures

same question but what about with a mall?
You're free to take photos there; it is not illegal. However it would violate their rules, and you would then be trespassing, which is illegal.

But, they would not be legally permitted to confiscate your camera.

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But, they would not be legally permitted to confiscate your camera.
It could however become evidence if you get arrested....and it could take forever to get back.

Is pure bread puppy porn all that important anyway? Go find some strays.
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Try going to a public beach and take pictures of other peoples kids just because it is a public beach. Well it's public! Bullcrap. I see a guy walking around taking pictures of kids in a public place, or my kid. Theres going to be a problem..
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ok so i know you can legally take pictures of anything and everything as long as you are in a public place.



no....


naked minors...



case solved!

Next question for debunkling...?
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Try going to a public beach and take pictures of other peoples kids just because it is a public beach. Well it's public! Bullcrap. I see a guy walking around taking pictures of kids in a public place, or my kid. Theres going to be a problem..
People who want to take pics of kids at the beach will.....from far far away. You'll never know it. The ones hanging out shooting through the fence at the local pool are a bit more obvious though.
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Someone better tell google earth!
You're tellin' me!

Those sat images are so old though, it's not even relevant anymore. Especially since after 9/11, base/post security changed 10000%

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