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

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Subject: [Leica] Photographic Freedom
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:08:20 +0100
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I wonder how they would police that in practice? E.g. I am an amateur, so I 
take my pics for private purposes, but then later decide to upload them to 
Alamy. How can they prevent that?


On 31 Jan, 2012, at 24:38 , 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 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 
>  and I would draw your attention to Byelaw 5(1)?.
> Gerry
> Gerry Walden LRPS
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Nathan Wajsman
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