Ever since 9/11 there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet where they may be viewed and shared. Video recordings of police have played an integral role in many recent news stories, but questions still remain about the rights of citizens and journalists to photograph and record in public both on the ground and in the air.
Photography on public streets in Atlanta
A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photographs and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an attempt to undercut protection of public lands and the environment.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored the National Press Photographers Association's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher as a Fellow of the Society last night during a banquet at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession. Lucy Dalglish was also honored with an SPJ Fellowship during the ceremony.
A panel discussion concerning the constitutional right to photograph and record in public, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, will take place Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX.
ATHENS, GA (July 21, 2015) – Recently there were many news stories about pop icon Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple saying that she was not going to agree to their terms for distributing her music on iTunes.
The National Press Photographers Association is drafting official comments to the United States Copyright Office regarding copyright protection of visual work.
The general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, Mickey H. Osterreicher, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Newseum on the topics of police, cameras, and the Constitution.
On Friday, June 12, 2015 the NPPA submitted the following Memorandum in Opposition to a proposed bill that would require written permission from anyone being treated by a first responder (police, fire, EMT) in a public place prior to the "making or broadcasting" of their image. NPPA asserts, that if enacted, such a law would be an unconstitutional prior restraint and an abridgment of the First Amendment. This bill will be considered by the NYS Assembly Codes Committee on Monday, June 15, 2015. Please contact Assemblyman Joe Lentol at 518.455.4477 to voice your opposition.