Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/01/31

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Subject: [Leica] Photographic Freedom
From: piers.hemy at (
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:18:17 +0000
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Exactly, Nathan. In point of fact, I don't think the provisions
relating to Trafalgar Square are anything new, in that you already
need a licence to ply trade as a photographer there. It was once a
popular spot to have one's photo taken (while feeding the pigeons) by
one of the professional photographers hanging around touting for
business. And I have the photographic evidence of self there with said
avian decoration. Now both activities (photography and pigeon-feeding)
are banned in the interests of keeping the Square clean and
free-circulating for public enjoyment. Oh and banning protest
encampments (also not a new provision as regards Parliament Square).
As far as selling stock on Alamy is concerned, I would not worry in the 


On 31/01/2012, Nathan Wajsman <photo at> wrote:
> 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?
> Cheers,
> Nathan
> 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
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