Recording in Public Places and Your First Amendment Rights



Agricultural Photography/Videography

KarenSue's picture

I live in Indiana, and here is what seems to be the gist of the law (SB 373 2/25/2013): you can't record with intent to defame or harm the business's relationship with customers - unless you are reporting illegal activities to the proper authorities.   Recording critters basking in the sun or landscapes of sunsets doesn't seem to be an issue.   It's the "intent to defame or harm" that can become problematic.   Disclaimer: I am not an attorney.  :-)


I am attempting to expose a scam and I have made appointments to meet with the Utah Attorney General and the division of Consumer Protection. My question is can I video tape these meetings? If anyone knows.


MJS's picture

I was harassed for taking videos in a public park by two individuals on the same day. I looked up my rights and discovered that I have no obligation to explain my reasons for taking videos of anyone in that venue. I carry a copy of my legal rights as a photographer in my camera bag, so if it happens again, I will be able to simply, but nicely state my rights and leave the conversation. If a person persists in the harassment, they will be the party breaking the law.