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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    So, you have the right to take pictures, but you don't have the right to choose not to have your picture taken.
    if you are out in a public place then you have no expectation of privacy. that also includes going to the swimming pool.
    however taking pictures of someone in a swimsuit can't be considered indecent.

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    What is and is not improper photography in a public setting is a bit subjective.
    I don't know if the law expanded on the definition, but if as stated it sounds too vague.

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Another problem I have: who defines what is improper or not?
    The elected prosecutor of course.. that way it can be used as a political weapon!
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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I have mixed feelings on this.
    I don't.

    If you're in public, you have no expectation of, or right to, privacy. Public bathroom, yes, no question. In a park, wearing a bikini? Nope.

    Along similar lines, if you leave your window shades up and blinds open, you are also reducing your expectations of privacy. You may not like the idea that your neighbor is staring at you with binoculars, but it is their right to do so -- and your obligation to pull the blinds if you want privacy.

    You are welcome to call the observer unethical. But there is no basis to declare their actions illegal.

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I would say that the expectation of privacy also extends to what's below a woman's skirt.
    Sure... as long as she keeps her skirt on.

    But if she's on a public beach and in a bikini, she no longer has that expectation.

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I would say that the expectation of privacy also extends to what's below a woman's skirt.
    As well to near naked and naked children at a beach, sometimes infants.
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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    It was probably designed to go after the pervs that hang around playgrounds, schools and beaches to take pictures of the little girls. We had one longtime pedophile up here who used to go to the kids' games, upset quite a few folks but nothing could be done [legally].

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    So, you have the right to take pictures, but you don't have the right to choose not to have your picture taken.
    If you're in public, you can object to having your photo taken, but that carries no legal force.

    You can object to your image being used for commercial purposes without your permission, unless you are a public figure, or are doing something "newsworthy."

    You cannot legally stop someone who is taking a photograph for non-commercial or personal use, even if the intended use is prurient.

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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    if you are out in a public place then you have no expectation of privacy. that also includes going to the swimming pool.
    however taking pictures of someone in a swimsuit can't be considered indecent.
    What about a child being washed of salt water? One is OK? Do 300 constitute pornography and what about a collection of photos of naked children?

    At what point does the state have the right to intervene on the side of the victim? If they have the right to arrest based on suspicious behavior in other crimes, they should be allowed to investigate here. If the photographer is shown to have a collection of photos of children in suggestive settings, what then?

    It's kind of too late once the filth has been posted on the internet..
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    Re: Texas law against improper photography ruled unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Another problem I have: who defines what is improper or not?
    usually community standards.

    There is a reason why some areas accept clothing optional beaches and others do not.

    Usually the conflict comes when the law is behind the social curve.
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