Photographer's bust-card silkscreened on white-balance cards

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  1. Niklas says:

    Would be nice to have a resource collecting similar laws from all around the world.

  2. adam says:

    It’s a cute thing, and I bought some, but I was annoyed to discover that their “guest” option for checking out runs off and creates an “account” for you.

    So this is yet another password to remember or worry about being breached. I bet next time I show up, I’ll be forced to waste my time with another password reset dance.

  3. Daemon says:

    So, quick question… if a cop (real or rental) thinks your breaking the law, why the hell would they believe a little card you pull out of your camera bag? Are these authorized by some government agency that they actually have to listen to?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Some buildings are now copyrighted/trademarked by owners to prevent photography of them and commercial use of said images.

  5. penguinchris says:

    If you really wanted to use this as something you present to the police, wouldn’t it make more sense to include citations? One could print up a list of anything you want, that doesn’t mean the police are going to believe you (or even look at it, for that matter). I mean really, police officers (and people who think they’re police, like security guards) are about the least likely people to admit that they’re wrong.

    The original PDF as was linked in the comments I’ve had saved to my computers for years – it’s very useful information. But it always simply struck me as something you should study beforehand, and just keep in mind. You either have to stand up for your rights if accosted, or give in. Having this stuff printed out isn’t going to help you, except perhaps as encouragement to yourself.

  6. Zadaz says:

    I’d really like to see several real-world, credible reports of having success with this.

    Because in my experience waving papers acquired from the Internet at law enforcement officers is completely infective. And rightly so.

    If this does work I’m going to print out some carefully worded cars of my own for when I get busted.

  7. CLamb says:

    The website has a poor description of the cards. Unless one side has no lettering they are useless as reflectance references.

  8. jimmy2x2x says:

    Does anyone know if the law is any different in the UK?

    • purpleplat says:

      Take a look at: http://www.sirimo.co.uk/2009/05/14/uk-photographers-rights-v2/

      I’ve carried one in my camera bag for a few years.

      • Thorzdad says:

        I’m curious purplepat…Have you ever had occasion to use that pamphlet with the police? And, if so, did it serve its purpose and diffuse the situation? Or did it just annoy the police and cause them to be more officious?

        It’s a serious question. I love the idea of these rights cards, but, my experience with most policemen tells me that such documents would be received as being more of an annoying joke by them, than an official notice of anyone’s rights. And certainly not as something to be obeyed.

        • purpleplat says:

          To date I’ve never needed it. Whenever I get stopped I’ve always been able to talk my way out of it politely (always my first strategy). From my point of view it’s just nice to have a reminder of where I stand legally.

          Then of course there’s good old Section 44..

  9. Sethum says:

    Clever idea, but doesn’t the writing reduce the accuracy of the white-balancing? Not a big deal, since I think having accurate rights is more important than accurate white balance.

  10. Regulas says:

    re #5; If I were a parent, and I caught some creep taking pictures of my child, he would be very very sorry; cheesy white card or no.

    • Anonymous says:

      Almost all the adult-on-child violence that happens in our society, or in any other, is perpetrated by parents on their own children. Paranoid fathers commit far far more damage to kids than random photographers. Chill.

  11. david85282 says:

    I am not sure it is such a good idea to sell a product that was copied from a copyright lawyer:

    http://www.krages.com/ThePhotographersRight.pdf

  12. David A says:

    And how many times do we hear about people getting taken to the police department, jailed, or beaten because they filmed law enforcement officials?

    http://www.laweekly.com/2010-12-16/news/jeremy-marks-bailed-out/

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