Ben Franklin Sings about Your Rights as a Photographer

If you’re legally present on a public street or sidewalk, you can legally photograph anything in plain view. (This includes children and crime victims… but just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea.)

  • If law enforcement engages you, ask whether you are free to go; if so, then move out of the way.
  • Don’t interfere with a crime scene or traffic.
  • Don’t record private conversations or telephone calls (unless all parties agree).
  • Do obey any rules that property owners set.

Here’s everyone’s favorite Pennsylvania newspaperman fresh from the afterlife, scolding a bad cop and teaching a little girl about her rights.

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