Hey U.S. Federal Government, Photography is Not a Crime
The NY Times is reporting on a case filed by the NY Civil Liberties Union regarding our right to shoot in the public plazas that surround the exterior of Federal Buildings. From the Times:
Citizens should be allowed to take photos while standing in public spaces near federal buildings, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit challenges regulations that prohibit photography on federal property.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, names the Department of Homeland Security along with the Federal Protective Service, an unnamed federal officer, and Inspector Clifford Barnes of the Federal Protective Service.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Antonio Musumeci, 29, a software developer from Edgewater, N.J.
it goes on:
The lawsuit seeks a court order to bar federal officials from harassing or arresting people taking photos while standing in outdoor public areas by federal buildings. “In our society, people have a clear right to use cameras in public places without being hassled and arrested by federal agents or police,” said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
It’s great to see the NYCLU supporting photographer’s rights like this.
Thanks to Scott Beale for the heads up!
Photo above of the San Francisco Federal Building from my San Francisco Federal Building set.