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07.18.14 Marina Galperina

Civil liberties lawyer Normal Siegel has filed a landmark lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan earlier this week on behalf of Debra Goodman, who was arrested “without reason or probably cause” for videotaping officers and emergency medical technicians on the Upper West Side. “This lawsuit seeks to establish First Amendment rights to record police activity,” Siegel tells ANIMAL. […]

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07.05.13 Marie Calloway

A St. Louis cop was videotaped assaulting a handcuffed teenager. He was fired and charged with assault. Judge Theresea Count Burket who presided over the trial refused to view the video evidence, and found the ex-cop not guilty. The judge did not respond to journalist inquires as to why she refused to view the video. […]

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04.23.13 Marina Galperina

It must be nice to live inside Beyonce’s head. Remember all those “unflattering” photos of Beyonce doing the Half-Time Show that had her publicist running around the internet issuing take-down notices because HOW DARE they show B externalizing physical strain? So she didn’t look perfect in a few of those photos — WELCOME TO REAL LIFE — […]

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03.04.13 Eugene Reznik

Neal Kurk, a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, is sponsoring legislation HB 619-FN to make aerial photography illegal in his state for everyone but the government. A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if such person knowingly creates or assists in creating an image of the exterior of any […]

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Eugene Reznik

A Los Angeles federal district court judge recently ruled against the inexplicably famous street artist Mr. Brainwash in a copyright infringement case involving a 1977 portrait of Sid Vicious by Dennis Morris. In rejecting his motion for summary judgement on the grounds of “fair use,” he also effectively ruled the so-called “appropriation art” mediocre. According to […]

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10.25.12 Irina Dvalidze

On Monday, the National Press Photographers Association has joined five elected officials and a dozen members of the press in a lawsuit against a hefty shit list: the City of New York, the MTA, the New York Police Department, Brookfield Properties and JP Morgan Chase. The latter reportedly donated $4.6 million to the NYPD in 2010. Sam […]

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02.29.12 Marina Galperina

Here’s a video of photographer Jason Macchioni getting harassed by the Pennsylvania police for shooting a time-lapse project off an overpass. Several attempts are made to explain what “time-lapse” is about. […]

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02.10.12 Marina Galperina

Since cops coast to coast have suddenly forgotten that it’s our constitutional right to photograph what happens in the street and have been pushing around pros and citizen journalists alike, the ACLU, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Gregory Brothers made this cartoon. […]

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02.08.12 Marina Galperina

Everything! After 9/11, police officers and transit authority officials have been forgetful of photographers’ legal rights, coast to coast. In this latest account, a New York Times reporter was prevented from taking photos of the 126th Street Bus Depot, a former movie studio that you can see on Google Street View. Who you gonna call? […]

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01.11.12 Marina Galperina

Freelance photojournalist Mannie Garcia — an Oval Office regular for 19 years who shot the Obama portrait appropriated in Shepard Fairey’s Hope posters — is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit against the police in Maryland. When documenting a suspicious arrest, he was brutally assaulted by armed bullies in uniform, but that was just the […]

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