Press Pass Legal Issues? (fake?)

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  1. eravedesigns

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    So i was wondering what would happen if i made up my own press pass that represented my online graphic design business. Is there anyway i can get in trouble for this or would peopel just say no your still not permitted here? I am planning on getting into our highschools state game with my camera but the thing is our school only gets 1 press pass and we dont eve know if a person with a camera is gonna get it so if i say made a fake one could i get a ticket or anything?
     
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    Go for it. I doubt you will get into any trouble. You are going to get some amazing results. Can not wait to see them.

    Love and Bass.
     
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    Press passes for a state game? Give me a break, how stupid is that. Go for it.
     
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    Press passes are normally handed out by the organisers of an event. You get one if you can prove you are a bona fide member of the press.
    You could certainly try it - people can be gullible - but be prepared for it to not work.
     
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    I dont know how it is there but I know here if I walked into something with a press pass no one would argue.
    Even if this event was something you had to buy tickets to.
    No one here would even know that THEY normally issue them.
    :)

    I say go for it. I dont see any laws against it and the worst that can happen is them say no.
     
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    I am a student assistant for a local university, and we do not let anyone in without our specific credential. That is obtained by calling our office and getting on the pass list, which can be easy or difficult depending on the event.

    I am also a student assistant for the high school regionals in my area. I know that for the tournament here you have to be on the designated pass list at the media gate to be admitted, the attendants won't let you in without being on the list.

    I don't know about where you're at, but this is how it is for the state I am in (Ohio).
     
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    Do it... unless you claim to be some government official or change your name on this ID you're not breaking any laws.
     
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    k well its made...i did contact the sports organization of my state and they said they could not issue more than 1 (how retarted i see like 4 or 5 photographers on the court and an NBA game) so i am gonna try my skills 007 style lol and see what i can do. I figure that if i have my flash and large telephoto one and my gear out with my "badge" on i prob could get some access
     
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    If there are a few places to enter, look for the one guarded by some guy who doesn't care about what he's doing and your gear and pass you made should be enough.
     
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    I predict failure. I've been a writer or photographer at hundreds of sport events (NASCAR events as well as minor league and major league baseball games) and access always has to be arranged in advance. At the venue you check in at the one access point where media is signed in and they check their list with your ID, and you're given an event-specific pass. Maybe doing high school sports is different - I haven't done any - but it already sounds like they're going to be pretty tight on access to courtside spots and if you don't have the correct pass available for easy viewing you're going to get hassled and, if not asked to take a seat in the stands, get tossed out of there.

    I'da tried to fluke my way in for a regular season game or another game that you don't really care if you succeed or not just to see how everything works before you wind up completely missing an important game you'd want to see from a spectator's standpoint if you couldn't pull off media credentials.
     
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    I dealt this type of stuff a lot this past football season. I was a photo intern at the local paper, and went out friday nights every week. I would also predict failure. The fact that they're even issuing press passes is a bad sign for your plan. When press passes are issued, it typically means that only those people will be getting in. We had a big fiasco at our paper about photogs not being let in to the first home saints game this season (we're in Louisiana) b/c they weren't going to issue a press pass. However, if you're determined to try it anyway (which might be worth it) I would suggest attempting to affiliate yourself with the high school in some way. I think someone saying that they're with the high school would be more likely to get in than someone w/ a pass from some random design firm.
     
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    I've never been a photo journalist. But I was a staff photographer for a pro baseball team some years ago. Everybody at the ball park knew me by site and many by name. I had photographed every one of them at one time or another. I could walk into the park anytime just by smiling and waving. The gate guards knew who I was.

    But when they had important events there, they issued press passes and they issued one to me as well. In other words, I couldn't get in without one even though everyone knew I belonged there. That's the whole purpose of press passes. If they issue one, you had better have the one they issued.

    As to the legal question, that depends on whether or not there is a gate admission fee. If there is, then sneaking in with a fake press pass would be illegal. I doubt it would produce prison time, of course, but it would be petty theft unless you paid like everyone else that is supposed to pay.
     

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