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

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Subject: [Leica] Photographic Freedom
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:54:18 +0530
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The authorities in all countries are paranoid. You would think that an
Iphone would do the job, and there is no way they can control smart phones.
By the way, did you see this one as well?


On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 5:08 AM, Gerry Walden <gwpics at> 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 aslo 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
>  I would draw your attention to Byelaw 5(1)?.
> Gerry
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