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Frank Smith

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I was very pleased to see a great article in this weeks Hereford Times. Colin James has highlighted the problems that many parents face when trying to photograph their children.

Hereford dad wants to end camera bans at school and public events
Hereford Times Article

A HEREFORD father wants to end the bureaucracy he says has left him with no memories of his children to look back on

Colin James, from Belmont, is sick of being told he cannot photograph his children at various school and public events.

Now the father-of-two, who just this month was prevented from filming his teenage daughter in a stage performance, has launched an online petition and Facebook group in protest.

People will frown at you the second you get out your video camera, they look at you like you are some sort of criminal.

Well done Colin good effort :Thumbs-Up:
Stand for Councilor in May, you have my vote!

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People will frown at you the second you get out your video camera, they look at you like you are some sort of criminal.



Unless you're a women.


I have a friend who's husband was publically branded a paedophile for taking a photo of his daughter at the park.

Needless to say, there were many mothers do the same thing and not an eyelid was bat.

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The article is slightly incorrect, however. You can take photos of anyone in any public space for non commercial use - that is correct. There are a few exceptions such as military installations, power stations, etc. The grey area for many people is "public space", a school is not, neither are things like shopping complexes. While it isn't illegal to take photos on these grounds, the owners are within their rights to restrict photography, again you COULD take a photo legally, but the owners (or agents there of) would be within their rights to ask you to leave, failure to do so would be grounds for trespass. 

It's a common misconception that you can't take photos of people in public. It's also a common misconception that the person you take a photograph of have the rights to the image. The copyright belongs to and stays with the creator of the image... in essence, the one who presses the button.

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