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Do cops have the right to prevent photographers recording time lapse video?

 
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Feb 28, 2012 19:32 |  #1

do the cops have legal rights to stop photographers from recording time lapse video?

This photographer was stopped by cops demanding he stop recording video.

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Feb 28, 2012 19:39 |  #2

Didn't read the story, but I think true 'time lapse' is a series of photos that is LATER converted into a video. So technically its not shooting video while you are capturing the photo's but it turns into one later. However one could argue that video's are single frames as well... :s


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Feb 28, 2012 19:39 |  #3

No the cops don't. But, that does not prevent the cops from acting "stupidly".


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Feb 28, 2012 19:44 |  #4

depends on the sensitivity of the subject


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Feb 28, 2012 19:47 |  #5

my dad was arrested for stopping to take a photo of a building. He allowed the officers to arrest him so it was on record. One of the officers was fired and the other has a permanent black spot on his record that has at least on one occasion caused that officer to be considered a non credible witness in another unrelated case. Apparently the officer that was fired has several black spots on his record.


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Feb 28, 2012 19:48 |  #6

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depends on the sensitivity of the subject


If it's public, you can record it.


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Feb 28, 2012 19:58 |  #7

tgamron wrote in post #13986718 (external link)
If it's public, you can record it.

Correct me if Im wrong, but these are the exceptions Im aware of

Public Places are Fair Game, Almost
Generally, it's perfectly legal to videotape or photograph any person and anything while on public property, except:

You can't take pictures of areas that are usually considered private such as bedrooms, bathrooms, changing rooms, locker rooms, hotel rooms and so on

Certain public places have banned the use of cameras such as mass transit systems, courthouses, capital buildings, secured government buildings, jails or prisons unless you obtain written permission

You can't film or photograph if it interferes with police, fire, medical or emergency operations

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Feb 28, 2012 20:00 |  #8

well I guess photographers need to carry the law in print form to show to the cops. These cops refused to believe in photographer rights. They turn off all dashcam cameras during this incident.


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Feb 28, 2012 20:00 |  #9

the interfering is where the cops tend to blur the lines. You are across the street filming an arrest. You are not distracting or getting in the way. But many times they will harass you.


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Feb 28, 2012 20:00 |  #10

Years ago I looked at the wire tap laws (federal and a couple of states) in general they say something like you cant record another ... but they then list exemptions where if you are part of the conservation then you can record the conversation. So speaking to the cop he is part of the conversation. These cops appear to be ... not too sharp and should be given a few weeks off with no pay. I don't see any reason not to have the audio recording the cops.


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Feb 28, 2012 20:38 |  #11

picard wrote in post #13986596 (external link)
do the cops have legal rights to stop photographers from recording time lapse video?...

In what state/province/country​, under what circumstances, and while recording time lapse video of what? Without specifics, the question makes about as much sense as asking "How long is a piece of string?".


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Feb 28, 2012 21:09 |  #12

peeaanuut wrote in post #13986713 (external link)
my dad was arrested for stopping to take a photo of a building. He allowed the officers to arrest him so it was on record. One of the officers was fired and the other has a permanent black spot on his record that has at least on one occasion caused that officer to be considered a non credible witness in another unrelated case. Apparently the officer that was fired has several black spots on his record.

That is not real, a officer got fired for arresting someone, very unlikely, sorry but I don't believe that.


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Feb 29, 2012 09:05 as a reply to  @ Arman's Photography's post |  #13

The time lapse was not the issue. The policeman did not even know what time lapse photography involved. The photographer was set up on an overpass directly above a busy highway. The cop wanted to know why he was there and the photographer decided he would rather argue than take photos. He got what he wanted most, an argument with a cop.




  
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Feb 29, 2012 09:09 |  #14

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=Arman's Photography;13987249]T​hat is not real, a officer got fired for arresting someone, very unlikely, sorry but I don't believe that.

It was the straw that broke the camels back. That particular officer, had many false arrests on his record along with other black marks. If it was just the one incident, there would have been a reprimand and notations.


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Feb 29, 2012 10:26 |  #15

Right or wrong I'm afraid I'm on the cops side on this one. He asked a simple question, 'Can I see some ID please'. He didn't ask it in a threatening manner but the photographer decided to try and be smart about it.


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