Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/04

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Luftwaffen Leica - Help with Identification
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 18:37:16 -0600

>topic, what's the new law in California (!) about it being an 
>invasion of privacy to stand on PUBLIC soil and "invade" privacy 
>with a camera?>  anybody heard this?  the so-called "papparrazi"
>law?  Oh, well, as usual, such ideas originate in CA and spread 
>like leprosy over the country.......

It's going to eventually be proven unconstitutional, but most photographers
are afraid of the lawyer costs to get it to the Supreme Court. Hope the CA
court is all the higher it has to go.

You probably have to be using a telephoto lens to get arrested. That's how
poorly it's written.

It is the dark side of political correctness, press bashing and left-wing
cow-towing to celebrities. It ends up penalizing not only those sleazoids
known as paparazzis, but legitimate photographers as well. Technically
anyone can be arrested for using a telephoto lens in public places. That's
how poorly written it is.
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Out of my mind.  Back in five minutes.