May 2009

Two photographers and a lawyer, nattering about their common interests.

PhotoLegal is a podcast exploring legal issues that affect UK Photographers, from copyright and protection of images on the internet, to the thorny questions about photography in public places and current anti-terrorism laws.

Amazing!! Have just learned from the Nokia E71 blog, that I can make a blog posting here, direct from My Nokia 71, here in the street. Simply by send this as an email.

So, just checking
Testing, testing 123 ……

Cool eh!


note added afterwards:
Post to blog by Email

What is wrong here?

Perhaps I should start a competition … but sadly, there is no prize  😦

Nottinghamshire Police Vehicle - What's wrong here?

This is a Nottinghamshire Police vehicle,  parked on double yellows, while his mate goes into Sainsbury’s. If you or I did this, and we’re spotted, then we can expect a ticket. If on an emergency call, then fair enough, but for their convenience while shopping ….. no.

You might consider it petty of me, but I have made and official complaint.  Like most folks, in the past, I would have just let it go, that’s the police for you. But the links below,  show an increased belligerence in dealing with photographers and I have hundreds of other examples. They show that I might have been arrested in the attempt to shift blame. I might have been assaulted, my camera kit seized as ‘evidence’ with months of  arguement, to get it back.  So if this is the atmosphere, then I think we should all note these kind of matters and do something about it, until ‘they’ stop being so bloody awkward to us.  So there!!!

Police apologise to Bristol man arrested for taking photo – 19 August 2008

Police arrest man for photographing them – 19 August 2008

Man arrested and locked up for five hours after taking photo of police van ignoring ‘no entry’ sign – Daily Mail 19 August 2008

No snapping: Photographers get collars felt – The Register 23rd August 2008

The G20 Protests: Global Economic Meltdown – Video

1 April 2009 – Financial Fools Day: As the 29 G20 leaders gathered in London, thousands came out on to the streets of the financial district to protest a wide range of issues from climate change to the failing capitalist system and tax payers bailout of the international banking system.

10,500 police were drafted in, at an estimated cost of £10 million, to police the protests and protect the banking institutions from what the police had deemd “the summer of rage”. The end product was two policers suspended, scores injured and hospitalised and one man dead after being attacked by an unidentified member of the TSG (Territorial Support Group) riot squad.

Please watch it!

Film By JasonNParkinson [NUJ & IFJ Freelance Investigative Video & Print Journalist]


Policing of the G20 Summit 2009 :: Metropolitan Police Authority Report

Operation Glencoe was the largest security operation mounted by the Metropolitan Police for many years and had to be planned in just a three month period ………


Court says police can be challenged on ‘stop and search’ powers : Guardian

NUJ pursue police over harassment – 29 April 2009
VIDEO: MP takes up case of trapped photographer

released video footage of a journalist detained within the police cordon at one of the G20 protests in London earlier this month.