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Police Say They Can Detain Photographers If Their Photographs Have ‘No Apparent Esthetic Value’

Posted By admin On August 17, 2011 @ 2:59 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Tech Dirt [1]
Aug 17, 2011

Apparently the police in Long Beach, California, have a policy that says if a police officer determines that a photographer is taking photos of something with “no apparent esthetic value,”they can detain them [2]. This revelation came after photographer Sander Roscoe Wolff was taking the following photo:

The police officer somehow determined that there couldn’t be esthetic value there, and thus, the photographer had to be detained and checked out. The police areĀ defending this policy [3], saying that while officers don’t have any specific training in what qualifies as “apparent esthetic value,” they will stop anyone photographing things they don’t consider to be something a “regular tourist” would photograph. I actually have to go down to Long Beach next month for a speaking engagement, and I’m now tempted to take a bunch of photographs that have “no apparent esthetic value.”

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[1] Tech Dirt: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110815/23584515540/police-say-they-can-detain-photographers-if-their-photographs-have-no-apparent-esthetic-value.shtml

[2] they can detain them: http://www.petapixel.com/2011/08/15/long-beach-police-on-lookout-for-photos-with-no-apparent-esthetic-value/

[3] defending this policy: http://www.lbpost.com/life/greggory/12188

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