Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/01/30

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Subject: [Leica] Photographic Freedom
From: rsphotoimages at (Bob Shaw)
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:04:18 -0800
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Were there a Petition against this draconian proposal that would allow Yank 
signatures to count, I would have already signed it!

Rubbish Proclamation!

Hopefully it will be shouted down

If not in Commons and amongst the Lords, then on the streets.  By the way; 
where the hell is King Murdoch when we actually need him to throw his 
(considerable) weight around about Freedom of the Press?  Might improve his 
decades of crap Karma if he did so.

If someone were going to use such photos to do something evil, they would 
have done by now.  Pretty soon, illegal to shoot anything in front of any 
Starbucks anywhere in the UK...

Best Regards, Bob in Seattle
(where we are no strangers from cops giving us "The Look" when we shoot 
around town?I guess that figure the crop will show their Badge Number, eh?).

Bob Shaw
rsphotoimages at

On Jan 30, 2012, at 3:38 PM, Gerry Walden wrote:

> I don't often write about political matters, in fact I don't think I have 
> ever done so before but I think this is important. There is a proposed 
> bylaw to make the taking of any photograph for any business purpose in 
> Parliament Square or Trafalgar Square in London illegal unless you have 
> written permission of the Mayor. This will not only seriously curtail the 
> freedom of the press to make images of anything that happens in these two 
> areas, be it riots or acts of kindness, but it will also stop stock 
> photographers making legitimate images of iconic London landmarks such as 
> the Houses of Parliament, the National gallery etc.
> It is a long held freedom in this country, and most other 'democratic' 
> countries to make images whilst on public land, and this is a serious 
> infringement of that right. It will also stop the legitimate freedom of 
> the press to report incidents such as any protest camp, political rally 
> etc. etc.
> I have held the belief for the whole of my life that I live in a free 
> country - obviously I have been wrong!
> You can read a pdf of the proposed bylaw for Trafalgar Square at 
>  and I would draw your attention to Byelaw 5(1)?.
> Gerry
> Gerry Walden LRPS
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