Reblog: Photographers – Know Your Rights


Photofocus (old site)

(NOTE: This article is intended for photographers in the United States.)

One of the saddest things to happen in the last decade has been the war on photography. It seems there has been a mindless rush to blame photographers for just about every bad thing that has ever happened in the universe. Photographers are routinely illegally harassed, and even assaulted by everyone from civilians to police. Unfair and illegal arrests have been documented across the USA. Most photographers have no idea how to fight back. I’m glad to say that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has decided to help fill that void.

The ACLU has regularly interceded on behalf of photographers who have been illegally detained and arrested by police. These interventions by the ACLU have led to settlement agreements, policy changes and money damages for photographers.

But the ACLU’s hard work is only valuable if photographers learn and…

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