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View Diary: A Simple Photography Question: Does This Law Exist? (64 comments)

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  •  Highly unlikely ... And some Industrial photos (0+ / 0-)

    At least according to this attorney [PDF]

    The General Rule

    The general rule in the United States is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place or places where they have permission to take photographs.  Absent a specific legal prohibition such as a statute or ordinance, you are legally entitled to take photographs.  Examples of places that are traditionally considered public are streets, sidewalks, and public parks.

    They Have No Right to Confiscate Your Film

    Sometimes agents acting for entities such as owners of industrial plants and shopping malls may ask you to hand over your film. Absent a court order, private parties have no right to confiscate your film. Taking your film directly or indirectly by threatening to use force or call a law enforcement agency can constitute criminal offenses such as theft and coercion. It can likewise constitute a civil tort such as conversion. Law enforcement officers may have the authority to seize film when making an arrest but otherwise must obtain a court order.

    If you just need a picture of a refinery/industrial setting at night, maybe one of these will suffice:

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