Misuse of photography; when the law SHOULD win

Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by RMThompson, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. RMThompson

    RMThompson the TPF moderators rock my world!

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,888
    Likes Received:
    11
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You all know how I feel when it comes to someone not being able to post photos they took, regardless of subject.

    Well I've recently changed my mind. While this is supposedly "legal" there should be some way to fix it:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,262700,00.html

    Sick sick sick
     
  2. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Texas
    You know, as disturbing and sick as this wack job is, he has a right to free speach. It is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but that is one of the most important groundstones this country was founded on.

    And that right applies to all of us, not just a few.

    Still, what a weirdo.....:(
     
  3. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yep, you need those types to speak up so that you'll know where they live. Or better yet, where they used to live. :(
     
  4. gmarquez

    gmarquez TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2007
    Messages:
    486
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Arroyo Grande, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Ewwwwwwwwww! Makes my flesh crawl.
     
  5. craig

    craig TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,600
    Likes Received:
    20
    Location:
    Hermosa Beach, CA U.S.A
    I personally would not visit his website. Certainly treading on what we perceive to be abnormal behavior. Fact is if we start labeling peoples views as sick or weird we are all in trouble. Above all we are free to do what we want in this country within the limits of basic laws. Of course the web is a lot harder to control. We have yet to see how that plays out.

    If you feel strongly about it investigate further.

    Love & Playa
     
  6. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Sorry I disagree. If we as a society cannot protect the weakest of our numbers from predation, then we do not deserve to survive as a society.

    mike
     
  7. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Texas
    Unfortunately, this fool's behaviour has an impact on all photographers. It has been increasingly difficult to photograph in the public since 9/11 and you have states coming up with all types of inane laws trying to prohibit photography in public places.

    I do a lot of street shooting, and in the last 6 years, I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been stopped and questioned as to what I am doing.

    This nut only re-enforces the sterotype of a pedophile hiding in a bush with a camera. That is bad for all of us.
     
  8. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    And I have to disagree with you....

    It is a slippery slope if our society isn't too careful on how we go about preventing behavior we don't see as appropriate. Broad laws that result can and will just impact the rights of all people with innocent intentions. No matter how sick that site makes me, protecting the freedom to speech is CORE to our country's (US) well being and future.

    Even laws that are suppose to protect minors under the age of consentual sex has impacted (practically destroyed) the life of another...
    http://www.wilsonappeal.com/index.php

    Defining laws to protect the innocent without stepping on the rights of others is an extremely difficult task.
     
  9. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
    Messages:
    8,345
    Likes Received:
    68
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I hope this guy is 'undercover' and that this is a hook to bring 'em all out in the open.
    Even if that's not the case, I'd say let him go ahead without any hassles and take this opportunity to meet his friends who are coming 'out of the closet'. This is a blessing in disguise for the law enforcement.

    As for the negative side, this is directly affecting the street shooters.
     
  10. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Texas
    Here is an example of when well intentioned laws are misused by authorities. In 2003, I believe, Texas passed a law prohibiting unauthorized photography inside locker rooms, dressing rooms, etc. The law was so vaguely written however, that soon, prosecutors began extending the scope of the original law to "catch" perverts in public taking "questionable" photos.

    In 2005, in Southlake, Texas, a very affluent suburb of Dallas, Lewis Vogel was arrested for shooting innapropriate photos at an Octoberfest celebration in the town square. Several ladies at the event noticed him shooting photos of, what they said were young girls. The ladies approached a couple of police officers and told them about it. They asked Vogel if they could see the pictures. He showed the photos to them and they promptly arrested him and confiscated the camera.

    The Southlake police department held a press conference a few hours later detailing the arrest of Vogel to the media. That evening, Vogel's name and photo was played on every evening TV newscast. Vogel had no prior criminal record. Not even a ticket. Nothing. He explained to the authorities that he was testing out his new camera and he had shot several photos of pretty girls in the crowd, as well as other things happening at the event.

    Vogel was released on bail. A few days later, another press conference was held in which a city attorney announced that all charges against Vogel had been dropped and an official apology was made to Vogel. The attorney said, that after reviewing the photos, there was absolutely nothing illegal about his activity.

    Of course, the damage to Vogel's reputation had been done. I believe that Vogel later filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the City of Southlake.

    This is what happens when you have vaguely written laws and then ask the police to enforce these laws. A lot of times, publicity seeking politicians pass band-aid type laws instead of dealing responsibly with the real problem.

    These are the kind of laws that worry me, and they are popping up all over the country.
     
  11. Seefutlung

    Seefutlung TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    SoCal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    BTW- Jack McClellan, the sick owner of the above mentioned site, is in jail. He has become a media whore in SoCal boasting of his site and sickness. During his interviews he has informed the public of a few places he likes to frequent. An attorney/father from one of those places (Santa Clarita) filed a suit against his ass and the court upheld the suit and the Californian branch of the ACLU stayed away. A couple of days ago he was caught at some type of child center at UCLA with a camera and they (the authorities) nailed his ass (less than 30' away is against the court order/injunction.) Bail was set yesterday at $150,000 (remember that his guy lives out of his car).

    Many in the US make fun of my democratic (blue), liberal, wine drinking, no smoking, yoga, fusion eating, environmentally conscience state ... but we did something about this McCallen bastard. Surf's up ...

    Gary

    PS- As to society protecting those that most need protection ... that is what good parenting is all about (especially in this particular case.)
    G
     
  12. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Texas
    Gary, that is great news.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
misuse of photograph
,

misuse of photographs

,

misuse of photography

,
misuse of photos
,
misuse of photos forums
,
misuse photography
,
misuses of photography
,
the misuse of photography
,
unauthorized photography texas
,
use and misuse of photojournalism