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Texas Court Upholds Right To Take 'upskirt' Pictures

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Aushiker, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    Andrew
    More details in the article at the Guardian.

    Andrew
     
  2. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Veteran

    Personally, I've always felt an 8X10 field camera was best for 'upskirt' photos. What you lose in 'stealthiness' you gain in incredible detail. Though I 'hear' that giant wooden tripod can trip the subject and land her in the hospital. A small sacrifice, I think, to maintain my freedom of speech.
     
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  3. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Wow, that's ridiculous. What court was this? Some district court in some back-water town in the state?

    Isn't the Guardian a bit of a tabloid-rag anyway?
     
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  4. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    Andrew
    The Guardian has been around since 1821. I don't think its is described as tabloid.

    Andrew
     
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  5. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Yeah, but tabloids have been around since 1821 too... Maybe I should rephrase: Aren't they like the FOX news of the UK? ;-)
     
  6. Aushiker

    Aushiker Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    Andrew
    From Wikipedia ...

    Each to their own but in my world it is a pretty credible paper.

    Andrew
     
  7. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 14, 2012
    Nottingham
    The Guardian has a strong liberal bias (by UK standards, let alone US) but it's a 'credible' newspaper rather than the gutter press. Avoiding the word 'tabloid' as sheet size is no longer a differentiator in journalistic integrity here.

    This has reminded me though, in the US next month, need to research photography law in California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas. Not planning on any upskirt shots (don't own an 8x10) but would be nice to avoid accidentally breaking the law.
     
  8. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Well, the court was in Texas.
     
  9. spdavies

    spdavies Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 9, 2013
    Hawaii
    Stephen
    All the explanation needed . . . :cool:
     
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  10. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Reading the article, it seems the criticism is on the wording of the law.

    Just under the first photo caption it says "Judges expressed concern that the broadly-worded law could lead to the criminalisation of paparazzi journalists"

    And later in the article "The appeals judges appeared to agree, stating that although “upskirt” type-images are intolerable invasions of privacy, the wording of the law is too broad."
     
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  11. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... no different than women breast feeding in public ........
     
  12. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 2, 2012
    Laws putting you in jail for intent make me nervous. How does the law prove intent?
     
  13. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 1, 2014
    Wow not a fan of Texas even though I live in Dallas. Some pretty insulting comments here.
     
  14. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  15. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 1, 2014
    I think discussions are fine, even unsavory ones like this. I am guessing upskirt photographs are not a texas thing.
     
  16. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The one that was closed was less - unsavory and even less controversial.
     
  17. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Btw... The article is being purposefully controversial with the opening paragraph and title. They made it sound like the court upheld the right to invade ones privacy which is further from the truth. its terrible tabloid style writing EVEN if it is from a historically respected source.

    READ between the lines.....

    I personally think the Texas court ruled correctly.
     
  18. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    But we still don't know which court it was... Some lower court? Some folding-table-and-chair courthouse?
    Or did it reach appeals?
     
  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Ahem... no... no... no.. they are the absolute opposite of Fox 'News'... the Guardian is like the Washington Post.. a well respected liberal leaning daily broadsheet

    really if you think the Guardian is like Fox news you really ought to learn to do some research before making stupid statements

    sheesh

    K
     
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  20. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I thought reading the article that the judge thought the law could be misused to stop legitimate photography including some journalism work and as such needed to be more precise in its language. The Guardian is a quality slightly left of centre paper but on occasion has the habit of over dramatising things and has some opinion piece writers who seem to be deliberately provocative. It is though the paper that broke the whole hacking scandal over here, was bold enough to print the NSA things and does run articles on things that are kept quiet else where. The comment section can be a great chuckle sometimes as well.