Criminalizing Photography

For anyone who carries a camera (and in the US that’s probably most people), a short interview with the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association.

While the discussion is largely about people who make a living from their pictures and his examples revolve around confrontations with police, much of this advice applies to all photographers, regardless of the size of the camera or the reason they want to take pictures.

It boils down to, “If you’re out in public, you can take pictures.”

Read the whole thing and stand up for your rights.

Who’s Responsible?

Last spring the security office in our overly-large school district cooked up a program to reduce the theft of equipment in classrooms and offices.sticky.jpg

One part of their plan involved books of these colorful Post-It Notes, which they hoped tech support people, administrators, and our tech trainers would place as gentle warnings on unattended equipment, both personal property and stuff owned by the district.

Not exactly subtle. Or warmly embraced by most people around here.

However, the police in a section of London are taking this concept one step farther.

Instead of just warning people, they are actually taking property from unlocked cars.

Of course, their actions are only taken with the very best of intentions according to a police spokesperson.

“Technically we are entering the vehicle but we are not committing a crime. It’s a common law duty to protect (people’s) property.

“We don’t want to take people’s property as it is an awful lot of bureaucracy and hassle for us but we are doing this to make sure people take responsibility of their valuables.”

Ok. So, whatever happened to the concept of people taking responsibility for – and accepting the consequences of – their decisions?