Legality of Recording By Civilians

Legality Of Recording By Civilians

The laws regarding the recording of other persons and property by means of still photography, videography, and audio recording vary by location. In many places, it is common for the recording of public property, persons within the public domain, and of private property visible or audible from the public domain to be legal. But laws have been passed in many places restricting such activity in order to protect the privacy of others. To make matters even more complicated, in many places and in many situations, the laws governing still photography may be vastly different that the laws governing any type of motion picture photography.

In the United States, anti-photography laws have been passed in many places following the September 11 attacks and the increased popularity of camera phones. There might be local laws and policies governing the specific landmark or property on which one seeks to photograph. Laws on private property differ. Owners of private property in most places must authorize recording on their own property.

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