Photography Is Not Illegal

Especially since September 11, 2001, photographers have been told that they cannot shoot in certain public areas even though it is not against the law. Thanks to the New York Civil Liberties Union (“NYCLU”), photographers may continue to photograph on subways, the Long Island Railroad, and Metro North trains in New York.

Recently, several press and civilian photographers were harassed and threatened with arrest by Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) and other police officers, telling them that “photography is illegal” there. The NYCLU wrote to the MTA on behalf of the photographers complaining about these incidences. In response, the MTA requested that “any photo activities get their ‘prior approval.'” After the NYCLU threatened suit, the MTA conceded in March that there is “no ban on photography . . . .”

Thanks to the NYCLA and others involved in that protest for standing up for photographers’ rights. Photographers should continue to understand and prosecute their rights or they may lose them.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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