65. Photography, Video, & Audio Recordings Regulations and Privacy Rights

Permission to be recorded on any media needs to be granted by the subject(s) (person or people who are at the focus of attention) of those recordings if such recording are for anything other than personal use. However, incidental people or unintended subjects appearing on the recordings need not be required to grant permission. Nevertheless, any person appearing in any recording who is able to be identified with reasonable ease and who is recorded in a state of extreme embarrassment, humiliation, deep sadness, grief, anguish, distress, etc., should be asked for permission to be included in such recordings, unless the owner(s) of such recordings delete, blur or otherwise disguise any audio, video, photographic or other recorded unique characteristics of such an individual.

People at the scene of significant news events (including direct or indirect participants, spectators, passersby, etc.) need not be asked for permission to be included in any recordings made at the scene. Permission also does not need to be obtained by people involved in illegal activities.

The recording of popular figures and celebrities (politicians, actresses, etc.) should be allowed without restriction but only during those times in which they are involved in the duties of their profession.

Any person involved in direct communication with another person or people should have the right to record that conversation without the consent of the other party(ies). However, such recordings should be limited to only personal (non-commercial) and legal uses, unless permission is granted by the other participants in the conversation or unless the other non-consenting participants are disguised to such an extent so as to make them not easily recognizable.

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