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    This seems to be a concern people bring up from to time so I thought I would start a thread dedicated to the topic.
    I've shot panoramas and generl photography in public places myself. I get stopped in places like shopping malls (private property) and was actually stopped once at a carnival held on public land. Security pointed out child protection safety laws. Personally I am not aware of any such laws here in AZ but more public venues are prohibiting photography especially if children are involved such as swimming pools, school plays and events, etc.
    Google street views as been hit with concerns by people over privacy issues as well catching some where they shouldn't be, license plates, house numbers etc.
    Here is a very good link I found that addresses many of these issues.

    If anyone can share their own personal experiences or knowledge of local laws please share them.


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    Re: Shooting panoramas in public places


    This will be a very long thread.., might be. Very tricky to answer cause we have a mix of several rights which are touched, personal right or a picture = people can be identified in the picture., copyright for example when making photos in museums, photojournalism, etc.

    "Poeple of public interest" have lower personal rights than NON-VIPS. You are not allowed to shoot train stations in germany because the buildings belong to Deutsche Bundesbahn and you have to ask for a licenses to take pictures.

    There was just a decision about public parks, castles and museums, where the owner asked money. There is a "list" in America for monuments etc, which you are not allowed to take pics at all.

    In Europe, with small differences to BE FR, you are allowed to take a pano from the point of you one personally has, with both feet standing on the ground. This changes when we use a ladder to take pics, or a pole - to look behind fences etc - or to take pictures of a building from a window in a house opposite from that building.

    There seem to bigger differences in american and european law. Also differences in law concerning fotojournalism.

    I only had a quick look through a bulk of information about this theme. I think a good overview for beginners is wikipedia.

    Anyway. I had problems in taking panos shooting a longer time comparing lenses in a region where you find some embassies. Police came around 5 times to have a look what I was doing, because of this I missed the last row for 50mm nikkor.

    I was stopped by mothers taking pics opposite side of the international school asking to delete pics or calling the police. I decided to stop and leave but did not delete pics cause you could not recognize individuals.

    I was forced to delete pics by a father in a restaurant where children were running around. At first he was trying to pic my camera. With help of the owner of the restaurant I just deleted he pics.

    We have a lot of tourists taking pics of many things and places, so people are a bit used to this. I try to avoid to be in a centrum of a group of peolpe, restaurant for example, or I ask the people around. The longer you stay, you start getting people being interested of what you are doing with chance of getting a NO GO!

    So I try to avoid trouble by leaving the place.



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      Re: Shooting panoramas in public places

      BTW: I started to retouch number plates of cars being in picture. "Nobody knows".



      • #4
        Re: Shooting panoramas in public places

        An interesting link for american photographers

        By the way didn't get much concern about photography rights till now as I shot mainly in mountains :-P Just got sometimes visit of animals looking around
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