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

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Subject: [Leica] RE: Luftwaffen Leica - Help with Identification
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 17:27:43 -0800

Boy... the subject line sure fits the discussion???


At 06:37 PM 1/4/99 -0600, you wrote:
>>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.
>Eric Welch
>St. Joseph, MO
>Out of my mind.  Back in five minutes.