When you're a photographer, you'll inevitably get hassled by the authorities telling you to stop taking pictures. Do you stop? No, you kindly show your Photographer's Bill of Rights, conveniently screenprinted on your lenscloth, and keep on snapping.
The UK Amateur Photographer magazine is giving away these silkscreened lenscloth in its upcoming issue to remind the police what photographers, professional and amateur, are allowed to do:
• There is no restriction on people taking photographs in public places or any building other than in very exceptional circumstances • There is no prohibition on photographing frontline uniform staff • The act of taking a photograph in itself is not usually sufficeint to carry out a stop • Unless there is a very good reason, people taking photographs should not be stopped • Officers do not have the power to delete digital images, destroy film or to prevent photography in a public place under either power (ssections 43 and 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000)
We're all for knowing your rights, but please, photographers, don't take this as an invitation to act crazy. [BoingBoing]