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  •  Taping w/o permission (0+ / 0-)

    IANAL and can't look it up right now, but think I remember that it is illegal to tape someone without their permission, at least in certain states.

    Based on memory alone:
    In Maryland, where one Linda taped her conversations with one Monica in 1998. (She got off, but boy did we suffer).

    In Florida,there was the couple who picked up the Republicans strategizing on their police scanner and gave it their Democratic Congress critter, who got in trouble for disseminating it...

    And while on the subject of strategizing, it has been discussed in response to DavefromQueens yesterday, when planning a legal action, it may be better not to strategize in public. Although Dave went on unperturbed....

    •  generally applies to telephone calls (1+ / 0-)
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      In many states you have to get "2-party consent" (the other person's permission, on tape) before you can record a phone conversation.

      CAlifornia is one of those states.

      I know this stuff well (telephone systems engineer here).

      However I'm not aware of laws that require consent before recording a live conversation.  Though frankly I wish there were such laws, with possible exception for press investigations of criminal conduct or official malfeasance etc. etc.  

      •  Public events, (1+ / 0-)
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        including simply events that occur in a public space, are legal to record in any way by any person.  One need only to not harrass or impede, etc.  

        Now, I am unsure if this is true for secret recordings, but I believe it is.  How else would the occasional local TV news crew bust the local whore house with hidden cameras?  I don't believe journalists enjoy special privileges in this department.

        Any attorneys reading?

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