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Ansel Adams Act goes to Congress
« on: January 10, 2015, 12:53:57 PM »
http://petapixel.com/2015/01/07/ansel-adams-act-goes-congress-aims-restore-first-amendment-rights-photographers/

Introduced on January 2nd, 2015 by Republican US Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, the document discusses the disturbing trend in recent years of the US Government creating regulations that prohibit or restrict photography in places such as national parks and public spaces, and of subjects such as government buildings, police officers, and other government workers.

Even when these laws don’t exist, people “have been instructed to prohibit photography from public spaces, and threatened photographers with arrest or seizure of photographic equipment,” the bill says.

Stockman argues that this is a violation of “freedom of speech and of the press” against the principles of the First Amendment. “Still and motion photographs are speech,” he says. “It is contrary to the public policy of the United States to prohibit or restrict photography in public spaces, whether for private, news media, or commercial use.”

The bill’s solution is to make sure that photography in public spaces is not prohibited (the government would need a court order to do so), that the government will not charge photographers to shoot on public land, and that photographic equipment cannot be seized or tampered with.
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Re: Ansel Adams Act goes to Congress
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 01:39:56 PM »
Sad that a bill like this has to be proposed but I am glad it is.
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Re: Ansel Adams Act goes to Congress
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 10:03:20 AM »
I think the intention of the parks service is to prohibit professional photogs from using some parks as a shoot location without a permit.  I kinda understand that to a degree. Major shooting productions can be intrusive to regular visiters.
However a novice or hobbyist photog should never be questioned about his gear and what he's doing there IMO. 
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Re: Ansel Adams Act goes to Congress
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2015, 08:50:08 AM »
I think the intention of the parks service is to prohibit professional photogs from using some parks as a shoot location without a permit.  I kinda understand that to a degree. Major shooting productions can be intrusive to regular visiters.
However a novice or hobbyist photog should never be questioned about his gear and what he's doing there IMO.

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