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09/05/2014 11:50:07 AM · #1
The phillipines

(sorry, not enough room in the title)

Looks like Hungary did something like it already.

Candid Photos of Strangers May Soon be Illegal in The Philippines, Even if They’re Just in the Background
09/05/2014 11:58:05 AM · #2
Well, that'll just kill the tourist business, won't it!
09/05/2014 12:08:37 PM · #3
“any person who willfully intrudes into the personal privacy of another"

how exactly can one expect privacy in a public setting?

09/05/2014 12:10:41 PM · #4
actually I'd spin it that the background people are intruding into my personal privacy by inserting themselves into my photographs or selfies...

i'll call it the photobombing precedent.

09/05/2014 12:18:57 PM · #5
i think what the law means is if you are purposefully taking pictures of people without their knowledge or consent, where they are the main subject for the setting.
people in the background are inconsequential and nobody can have any right to be up in arms that "i was in a prominent location and happen to be caught on camera, out of focus or not, as i walked past an open public area".
even the police cannot force you to delete images of them in uniform in public (well, unless they overpower you and do it, which is a very different story *cough*rodney king*cough*.
09/05/2014 12:26:36 PM · #6
So street photography will be "illegal" and street photographers are SOL...?

I can so easily see a new source for frivolous lawsuits: anyone observing someone carefully framing their shot in a public place so as not to include "background" strangers - and then photobombing them. Then suing them for having them in the bg.

Message edited by author 2014-09-05 12:29:37.
09/05/2014 12:32:17 PM · #7
You just have to make sure all your scenes are completely empty. All Philippines photos must be... unphilled.
09/05/2014 12:38:52 PM · #8
Originally posted by scalvert:

You just have to make sure all your scenes are completely empty. All Philippines photos must be... unphilled.

Now say that again in Hungarian :-).
09/05/2014 01:20:07 PM · #9
Originally posted by tome:

Originally posted by scalvert:

You just have to make sure all your scenes are completely empty. All Philippines photos must be... unphilled.

Now say that again in Hungarian :-).

OK, but you brought this on yourself...

You have to scare off all the annoying people cluttering up your scenes. Just say, "Boo!" ta' pests.
09/05/2014 01:38:28 PM · #10
we need a challenge for this, Candid Photos of Strangers Intruding on Our Privacy. Before it's too, well, you know.
09/05/2014 03:08:48 PM · #11
Long exposures and nd filters.
09/05/2014 03:11:58 PM · #12
So sad. I've got a lot of photos of street life in the Philippines. I guess I better hold on to 'em :-P
09/05/2014 03:16:58 PM · #13
Originally posted by kirbic:

So sad. I've got a lot of photos of street life in the Philippines. I guess I better hold on to 'em :-P


Collector's items!
09/05/2014 03:26:56 PM · #14
Actually some of the people I know in the Philippines believe that this is mostly an attempt by the government to crack down on citizen journalists who may document things the government there doesn't want made public...what better way to go about that than rounding them all up and putting them in jail.
09/05/2014 05:03:18 PM · #15
Originally posted by Spork99:

Actually some of the people I know in the Philippines believe that this is mostly an attempt by the government to crack down on citizen journalists who may document things the government there doesn't want made public...what better way to go about that than rounding them all up and putting them in jail.


That's a pretty sinister tactic, but given that the article posted doesn't seem to give a basis for the change in law, I'm inclined to believe it is something close to what Spork's reporting.
09/05/2014 08:53:41 PM · #16
Originally posted by scalvert:


OK, but you brought this on yourself...

You have to scare off all the annoying people cluttering up your scenes. Just say, "Boo!" ta' pests.


HAHAHAHAhahhahahaha! That's made me almost pee my pants!
09/05/2014 10:29:56 PM · #17
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by tome:

Originally posted by scalvert:

You just have to make sure all your scenes are completely empty. All Philippines photos must be... unphilled.

Now say that again in Hungarian :-).

OK, but you brought this on yourself...

You have to scare off all the annoying people cluttering up your scenes. Just say, "Boo!" ta' pests.


In related news, laughing and groaning simultaneously is an odd sensation :D
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