The right to take pictures has been in the news so much lately that I feel I need to present it in the form of a police blotter. Please send tips to me at [email protected]
The PLUS Coalition, which NPPA supports, including through a large grant earlier this year, reports that it will launch it’s “PLUS Registry” in the fall of this year. It is the funding by NPPA and other organizations that has enabled PLUS to move forward. PLUS is “an international non-profit initiative on a mission to simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights.”
The registry will be a major step in combating the problems related to so-called orphan works. It will serve several other important purposes, including aiding photographers with copyright registration (the roll-out on this part depends on the timing of the copyright office).
Get the full details at the PLUS website.
You can also sign up for the Beta Testing of the PLUS registry.
The NPPA has long advocated for Cameras in the Supreme Court, as well as other federal courts. This week, the broadcast of the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings provided a stark contrast to the dramatic events actually inside the Court on Monday. What came of it is one of the most elegant arguments for cameras in the Supreme Court that I have ever read.
Check out the article here.
July 1st, 2010 by Alicia Calzada and tagged Access, first amendment, Legal, national press photographers association, photography, photojournalism, police, public transportation, rail, subway, train, transit
After contacting the chief of security to ensure that there were no regulations preventing photography in the metrorail, Ledford went to his local station, where his video footage shows the on-site officers attempting to stop him from photographing. Local police were called, he was blocked from entering the station (he had a ticket) and was told that he was not allowed to return.
NPPA Attorney Mickey Osterreicher sent letters to the various agencies and police departments involved in the incident explaining why this was an unconstitutional action. Included in Osterreicher’s letter were the following:
“Public photography/videography is a protected First Amendment right of expression limited by reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. The key word here (as in most cases) being â€œreasonable.â€
Additionally, any limitation on permitted photography should be governed by the amount of disruption such activity causes, such as blocking access to walkways for extended periods of time or interfering with MDT operations or personnel. It should not be based upon the personal opinions or prejudices of individuals or officers.”
NPPA has been involved in working with multiple transportation agencies on similar issues and we continue to keep an eye out to protect photographers rights. If you have an incident we should be aware of, please let us know at advocacy @ nppa.org or lawyer @ nppa.org
Even though the iPhone 4 has just barely been released, there is already a lawsuit related to the device. A class action suit has been filed in Maryland over issues with the antenna.
First Amendment Campaign and Competition
I was surprised to find that Google today was promoting a campaign to raise awareness and support for the First Amendment. Called 1 For All, the campaign is sponsored by groups that include the First Amendment Center, the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, ASNE, and the Newseum. As a part of the campaign there is a competition for photos, videos and essays about the First Amendment (be sure to read the contest rules before entering).
The Decline of the Full-Time Job and the Rise of the Contractor
This article talks about what many in the photojournalism industry already know. More and more companies are relying on contract labor in lieu of staffers.