Photographing public buildings in the U.S. not illegal

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Photographing public buildings in the U.S. not illegal
Nov 1, 2010

For photographers visiting public buildings:

The Washington Post, Nov 1 2010, has an article (A Win For Shutterbugs) on a court case in which the U.S. Federal government settled with the plaintiff on taking photos and videos of public spaces. The Post summarized:

"There's a need for heightened security after Sept. 11, 2001, but some jittery -- and clearly misinformed -- security guards have overreacted with misguided, and illegal, prohibitions of people taking pictures in public spaces. Unwary tourists and amateur photographers in search of an interesting shot have catalogued their experiences, and it seems that minorities and foreign-born photographers are too often singled out.

"The Federal Protective Service, which guards federal property, will issue a written reminder to its staff stressing the public's right to take photographs and record video in outdoor public spaces. Recognizing the legitimate interests of homeland security, guards are still allowed to observe and question."

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