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Your Rights as a Photographer in Public Places

September 13, 2011

Via BinaryApe on Flickr

The ACLU has put together a pretty good summary of photographers’ rights to take photos in public places within the U.S. The guide overviews rights in different locations and what to do if stopped by police.

Excerpt:

Police officers may not generally confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant. If you are arrested, the contents of your phone may be scrutinized by the police, although their constitutional power to do so remains unsettled. In addition, it is possible that courts may approve the seizure of a camera in some circumstances if police have a reasonable, good-faith belief that it contains evidence of a crime by someone other than the police themselves (it is unsettled whether they still need a warrant to view them).

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