Pictures, Union Station, Cops, and my rights

Yesterday when we went to DC, one of the places we visited was Union Station. I’d never been so I took some pictures. Well, shortly after that, I had some cop come up and hassle me for taking pictures. He said something about needing permission from the building owner. Well, this morning, I google for photographer’s rights and find tons of things. Just like I 1/2 way expected yesterday, I was well within my rights to take pictures there. I’ll remember this for next time.

Here are the pictures I took:

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Here are some links to some sites you may find helpful:
The Photogrpaher’s Rights (pdf and written by an attorney)
USA Today Article about Photographer’s Rights
A Follow up to that same article

And, as I was writing this, I remembered this post I had written some time ago about this very thing (arg! Why didn’t I remember it at the time?!)

[Update 06-02-2008  22:55:51] A news crew was harassed while talking to the guy who makes the policies for Union Station.  Link here.

[Update 05-18-2009 08:59:38] The NYPD has recently issued an Operations Order to members of the force.  More information can be found here.

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