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Mark Atwood
You can't photograph the building, inside or outside
The MySQL PS gig I'm working this week is in Dallas, inside a really cool looking building with the really lame name of "Infomart". The building itself is a very obvious homage to the old Crystal Palace.

When I saw it, I knew what my project365 picture of the day was going to be for a few days.

Today, I came in early, and set my camera up on it's tripod for a great shot up the interior at the stack of 6 escalators, when some rentaguard came up to me.

Sir! Can I ask you why you are taking pictures of the building!?

Because it's a cool looking building.

I'm sorry, sir. You can't photograph the building. Inside or outside.

Ok. And I fold up the camera and put it away.

Morons. I'm sure it's policy that the guards are tasked with enforcing, but it's an idiotic and moronical policy. And forbidding photographing the outside is not only stupid, it's not even legally possible. I'm still going to take that picture. And a picture of the glass fountain next to me right now. And a picture of the outside.

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Current Location: InfoMart Building, Dallas TX

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docorion From: docorion Date: January 29th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sends you a copy of The Photographers Right, a nice summary of the law around this issue*

Idiots, I agree. It's the war on the unexpected. Oh noes, he has a peekture of our seekrit building! Arrest him!
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 29th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be fair, cops and faux cops having a problem with people taking pictures of stuff goes back years before the war on the unexpected.
ckn From: ckn Date: January 29th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
good luck. let us know when to start the bail fund ;)

instances like that are what is wrong with the US
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 29th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, its what is right with the US. The faux cop can claim I can't photo the outside of their building, but they have no legal standing to enforce it.

In most of the rest of the world (including, by the way, until very recently, much of what is now the EU), they can say I can't photo the outside of their building, and the law agrees with them.
awfief From: awfief Date: January 30th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem is that no legal standing to enforce it means you can sue them AFTER you spend a night in jail.

When this happened to me I took the picture from inside a vehicle.

You might try to call their bluff, like say "I got permit # 12345 from the police, go call and check!" Or stand outside of their jurisdiction and point that out to them, that you're completely legal to do so. Then again, you can point a missile right at their building from outside their jurisdiction and they'd be justified in stopping you. A camera != a missile, but all they have to do is FEEL threatened....and how do they KNOW that's really a camera, not a missile?

But really, taking a stealth picture is the best way to handle it.
From: brentozar Date: January 29th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yep, I've been there. I thought it looked more like a cheesy version of a riverboat with the ornate white architecture, but Crystal Palace works too.

If you're near there, you should check out the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium nearby. Dozens and dozens of great beers on tap.
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: January 29th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Careful you don't want them calling Homeland Inseucrity.
From: neocuriosity Date: January 30th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
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