Filming in public what are your rights?

First we must define “what is public”?

I know that the law allows for one party consent in more than 10 states.   Utah being one of them, and I know because I have utilized this when dealing with police.  That applies to telephone, video etc.

But what about online, what makes online events public vs. private?

I know that on facebook and other social websites like MySpace, making a conversation, a group, a profile private is easy.
There are a lot of tutorials and ‘help’ sections to learn more about doing this.

So when a group is public, or when an email has been sent.  Are those situations where events are “public” or at least rightfully recorded?

I think so.  I have found serious issues that have included threats, bullying, intimidation and even elderly abuse online and I have recorded several of those types of events.

I don’t mind being criticized for it.  Activists do it all of the time with police and violent encounters.
I see using video is a tool for an activist, just as it is a tool of the nanny state.

It is suggested by studies that the average US citizen gets filmed without giving consent at least 300 times per day.
Which includes public camera, private (businesses) cameras, traffic lights, toll booths, police cameras (dashcams), etc.

I like to have a recording of weird shit that has presented itself in my life as well.

 

Here is an example that I found on YouTube recently that illustrates my point.

These are videos that I made that have come in handy in the past.

This incident would have been better if I had a recording of the event that took place.
But I did get some interesting data from these recordings, from public officials.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnbgtVXjgcQ

This is another issue that I recorded, and I truly believe the camera is what saved me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUgcvTZrXWA

This is another one of my new favorite websites:

http://www.copblock.org/


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