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I just got back from the Port of Long Beach where I taking pictures for my photography class. After a few minutes there, some police rolled by and I was detained for taking photographs. Supposedly, since 9/11, you

4 Comments so far

  1. Kyle (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 11:29 pm

    I think you’ll get some understanding under those circumstances. Interestingly enough, I was just reading about this type of situation earlier tonight. Take a look at this post on Urban Vancouver and the links from there.

  2. Travis (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 3:20 am

    Film confiscation is a risky move.

    Sometimes agents acting for entities
    such as owners of industrial plants
    and shopping malls may ask you to
    hand over your film. Absent a court
    order, private parties have no right to
    confiscate your film. Taking your film
    directly or indirectly by threatening to
    use force or call a law enforcement
    agency can constitute criminal offenses
    such as theft and coercion. It can
    likewise constitute a civil tort such as
    conversion. Law enforcement officers
    may have the authority to seize film
    when making an arrest but otherwise
    must obtain a court order.

  3. Michael Doss (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 11:06 am

    I second Travis’s point – Especially if there aren’t any signs.

    That said, not everyone wants to make a case out of it, and go though an arrest and lawsuit to show you’re right. It’s a tought line to cross – you want to do what’s right, but some things are better fought when you’re out of the situation.

  4. Tim Murphy (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 1:04 am

    We had the same problem up here in Portland. Turns out no such law, comanment or any other such nonsense has ever been issued by the department of jack booted… oops I mean Homeland defence. They had no right what so ever to take your film.

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