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  •  They seized the cameras (1+ / 0-)
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    in a public building.  Sounds like theft to me.

    Further, do they have the authority to restrict filming and photography in public buildings?  Do I also have that authority? longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

    by TFinSF on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:04:54 PM PDT

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    •  Not theft if they got the cameras back (0+ / 0-)

      As to public building - story says it was a local rec center. My neighborhood association periodically has meetings at a local rec center. There is a nominal rent, and certain rules the group has to follow. In addition, an organizing group can set additional rules of their own for their essentially "private" event. Things like no food or drink to be brought in,  everybody's purse and back pack searched on arrival, no photographs except credentialed media, etc. etc.

      •  Not to belabor the point... (2+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe, pengiep

        but I'm not sure seizure of the cameras from people not violating any laws (even if they are violating the "rules" set forth by the group running the event) is legal, regardless of when and if they plan to return the cameras. longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

        by TFinSF on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:15:48 PM PDT

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        •  My first reaction (1+ / 0-)
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          Confiscation was a bit extreme - why not just say "don't do that".  But then on reading the story there were signs up at the entry - 'no video'; so that presumably was their version of a polite ask and they felt justified in taking it to the next levels?

          Seems they've learned a lesson here, though, since they have already changed their "policy". A ridiculous policy, too, with every cell phone being its own video cam these days. Everybody could assume that they are being filmed, even it it's not immediately obvious - and at least in this case it's obvious, so if I don't want to show my face or share certain personal information I'd know not to do it.

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