No Pictures Please

I was walking through the Irvine Spectrum Center the othere day and noticed this sign:

Prohibited Sign at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Prohibited Sign at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Among the normal prohibited behaviors including alcohol, drugs, and large roaming groups causing disruption, photography of the centers “Infrastructure, including storefronts and fountains” is prohibited.

I find this funny because the fountains are the things that are most photographed. I see people doing it all the time. Is this just because the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th are upon us? or just a blanket statement to allow them to stop photography when they feel like it? Will parents taking pictures of their children playing in the fountains be escorted off the premises?
Since the Irvine Spectrum Center is private property, they can escort you off the premises if they like. One thing they cannot do is confiscate your film or make you delete your pictures. (See Photographers Rights) They would require a court order, or if the police are involved, they would actually have to arrest you to confiscate the film or camera.
The other thing I found out is taking pictures does not fall under California Penal Code 602.1 unless you are actually obstructing or intimidating customers or businesses.

Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful
business or occupation carried on by the owner or agent of a business
establishment open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating
those attempting to carry on business, or their customers, and who
refuses to leave the premises of the business establishment after
being requested to leave by the owner or the owner’s agent, or by a
peace officer acting at the request of the owner or owner’s agent, is
guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail
for up to 90 days, or by a fine of up to four hundred dollars
($400), or by both that imprisonment and fine

I guess the Irvine Spectrum Center will not be included in my upcoming series of water features in orange County

5 Comments so far

  1. Gina (oc_gina) on September 10th, 2008 @ 10:46 am

    Be a rebel! Do it! I double-dog dare you! :)

  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on September 10th, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    I triple dog dare!!@!

  3. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on September 10th, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    Dare taken. Look for a post this week.

  4. Gina (oc_gina) on September 11th, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

    I’ll put up bail for you if they toss you in jail.

  5. Water Features- Irvine Spectrum Center | Orange County Metblogs (pingback) on September 12th, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

    […] in this series is not the most elaborate, but it is right on the heels of the my post about not taking photos of the fountains, the rebel in me, coupled with some egging on from fellow authors, made it the ideal place to […]

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