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Operation Clambake Message Board • UK: Law against filming in a public place - there ISN'T one.
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UK: Law against filming in a public place - there ISN'T one.

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:48 pm
by Sponge
A useful video I came across on YouTube which I thought that picketers in the UK might find interesting....

"PUBLIC Video & Photography Is LEGAL and CANT BE PROHIBITED"
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=N5xqIaE0_ls
Photographers and Videographers have a LEGAL RIGHT to take photographs and videos unimpeded in any street in the UK.

Despite the law being clear on a citizen's rights to freely take pictures in public there is growing evidence that the police, police community support officers (PCSOs) and security guards are failing to respect the rights of photographers to legally take Street shots.
If you're on a public right of way - such as a public pavement, footpath or public highway - you're free to take photographs for personal and commercial use so long as you're not causing an obstruction to other users or (VERY UNLIKELY) falling foul of anti-Terrorism laws or the Official Secrets Act).

Property owners have no right to stop people taking photos of their buildings, so long as the photographer is standing in a public place (e.g. on the road outside).

Most shopping centers and malls stand on private land with many gaining a notorious reputation for speedily dispatching stroppy security guards demanding that you stop taking photos. The irony that they're already busy filming you from every angle via a flotilla of CCTV cameras is generally lost on them.

SECURITY GUARDS DO NOT HAVE STOP AND SEARCH POWERS or the right to seize your equipment or delete images or confiscate film under any circumstances.

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:10 pm
by TRS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLFx79ippgE

^ This is a video of John Woodhouse, OTVII, claiming exactly that, that it's illegal to photograph people in public, TO A POLICE OFFICER, NO LESS!

Now, lets just entre John's insane world for a moment, and assume it IS illegal to photograph people on a public street. What about this:

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So Scientology even breaks its own made up rules now!

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:04 pm
by antiscn
I dont think the guy in that first pic is a Scilon.Could be wrong of course!
The other pics speak for themselves,of course!

Re: UK: Law against filming in a public place - there ISN'T

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:01 am
by solitaire
Here's the info on public photography straight from the Met Police

http://www.met.police.uk/about/photography.htm

Basically as long as you're not explicitly taking a pics of a security sensitive location (power station, police building, or banks) you're fine. All the police can do is to ask you to stop, they can't force you to stop taking pictures (unless they suspect you are a terrorist, then you've a WHOLE other set of problems), So keep calm and respectfully decline.

Don't give them a reason to "Section 5" you (under the Public Order Act 1986) which allows them to arrest you for public disorder or anything that *may* cause distress.