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Legalities in capturing people - 18/2/2013 1:45:02 PM   
Lijuentano

 

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Hello, I plan to start the production of a documentary starting this summer.
As I will be stealth recording people I encounter, I am wondering what the legal implications of this are if they turn out in my final production works.

Thank you
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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 21/2/2013 3:59:21 PM   
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I honestly thought this was going to be about abducting someone.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 21/2/2013 10:01:23 PM   
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I thought bounty hunting!

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 21/2/2013 10:53:38 PM   
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Well that was anticlimactic. Depends I suppose. You would have to ask their permission first, rather than ours.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 21/2/2013 11:02:00 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chief

I honestly thought this was going to be about abducting someone.


Same. Nothing would surprise me here.

In answer to your question, I don't know but I'd be pretty damn careful if I were you. There are strict privacy laws and no one takes kindly to being filmed without their knowledge or consent, understandably so (I'd be fucking raging).

Given you often see docs where certain faces are pixelated out and others aren't, perhaps you have to seek participants' approval. I don't know, but find out for certain before you do anything. Asking in a film forum isn't really sufficient; do some proper research. Seek proper advice, maybe even legal advice. Don't dick around with something as important as that.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 22/2/2013 7:22:29 PM   
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Well this whole thread is full of disappointment.

Now I need to go elsewhere top satisfy my query about how to capture people.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 22/2/2013 10:37:10 PM   
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I think I can safely advise you that it's never really legal, homer...

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 22/2/2013 10:43:21 PM   
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Anything's legal if nobody finds out

I suggest becoming a driving instructor and directing your students to your garage. From then on, it's your call Lijuentano.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 23/2/2013 12:51:40 PM   
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Is it really illegal or just frowned upon?

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 25/2/2013 11:29:35 AM   
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Either way it's a victimless crime

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 25/2/2013 11:59:24 AM   
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I guess you really need to ask permission on people that you want to document.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 26/2/2013 12:56:13 PM   
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As far as I know (caveat emptor), filming people without their knowledge as long as YOU are in a public space and not interfering in any of your subject's private space (so if you've broken into their house and are hiding in the bedroom cupboard, filming through the slats - that WOULD be illegal), then it is not illegal - this is, after all, how CCTV works. HOWEVER you MUST seek their (and anyone else who you capture in the same footage/photos) WRITTEN permission if you then plan to use the footage/photos in any public arena, otherwise you would at least have to pixellate their faces, maybe disguise their voices, or possibly (if everyone says no) bin the whole lot. That's how hidden camera type shows work, anyway.

Otherwise, what rich and Cloud Cuckoo said - we are not experts in covert filming.

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RE: Legalities in capturing people - 13/4/2013 2:20:24 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Super Hans

Is it really illegal or just frowned upon?


Is it kidnapping or surprise adoption?

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